Michael J. Deem, Ph.D., Peter Ikechukwu Osuji, C.S.Sp., Ph.D., Henk ten Have, M.D., Ph.D., Sarah Stockey DHCE., Joris Gielen, Ph.D., and Gerard Magill, Ph.D., Innovative Leaders of the Center.

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Center for Healthcare Ethics

Healthcare ethics is an interdisciplinary field in a globalized context that engages clinical, organizational, professional, and research issues related to medicine, science, law, policy, social science, and the humanities.

The Center for Healthcare Ethics, part of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University, has offered degree programs in healthcare ethics since 1993, and beginning with the fall 2018 semester, will be offering degree programs in Catholic Healthcare Ethics.

The Healthcare Ethics academic program trains scholars and professionals in the field of healthcare ethics. In addition to academic courses, there are clinical ethics rotations and internships that provide Mentored Apprenticeships in Ethics Consultation supervised by our faculty. It also sponsors lecture series, networks, and affiliations that bring together thought-leaders in healthcare ethics to work internationally on issues of importance.


Fall 2018 David F. Kelly Bioethics Lecture

Thank you Dr. Abdulaziz Sachedina for a wonderful lecture on "Human Rights in the Context of Childcare in Muslim Bioethics"!

2018 ASBH Conference

 Our alumni making HCE proud with a panel discussion titled "The Utility of a Bioethics Doctorate: A Graduate's Perspective" at the 2018 American Society for Bioethics & Humanities (ASBH) Annual Conference!

Pictured from left to right: Sarah Stockey, DHCE; Christine Trani, PhD; Jordan Potter, PhD; Ariel Clatty, PhD  

A revised edition of the Center for Health Care Ethics Academic Handbook is available here.

Please click the following links to access the Spring 2019 course syllabi:

HCE-662: Organizational Ethics in Healthcare

HCE-762: Organizational Ethics in Healthcare (Catholic Program)

HCE-656: End of Life Ethics

Fall 2018 course syllabi: 

HCE-645: Comparative Religious Bioethics

HCE-745: Comparative Religious Bioethics (Catholic Program)

HCE-655: Global Bioethics

HCE-755: Global Bioethics (Catholic Program)

HCE-659: Methods in Healthcare Ethics

HCE-759: Methods in Healthcare Ethics (Catholic Program)

Clinical Rotations

HCE-646: Clinical HCE I

HCE-647: Clinical HCE II

HCE-647: Clinical HCE II (Advance Standing)

HCE-681: Clinical Internship I

HCE-682: Clinical Internship II

Click here to access course descriptions. 

News & Events

Congratulations to Dr. Joris Gielen who has been named Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics in the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts!

Please see this article in the DU Times for more information.

Dr. Henk ten Have meets Pope Francis at the occasion of the annual conference of the Pontifical Academy for Life in Rome, June 2018. In his speech to the Academy, Pope Francis advocated a global vision of bioethics based on "the irrevocable dignity of the human person". The Academy has set up a working group on Global Bioethics under the chairmanship of Dr ten Have.

Grad Programs

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Students with a Bachelor's degree in a field related to health care ethics, such a humanities degree with a major or minor in ethics, are eligible to apply for admission to a doctoral program.

The Baccalaureate Admission track requires sixteen courses (48 credits) beyond the Baccalaureate Degree.All Healthcare Ethics (HCE) programs include academic courses and clinical ethics rotations or internships. Students may study full-time or part-time. Part-time students must take a minimum of 2 courses each fall and spring semester. Typically, HCE degree courses are taught in the afternoon and evening.

The courses are designed with a focus on research competencies. This will better facilitate the writing of dissertations.

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