Biomedical Ethics


The Graduate Certificate in Biomedical Ethics is designed for nurses, physicians, researchers, health care administrators, and others interested in developing core competencies in this vital field. The courses provide an interdisciplinary framework on historical, social, scientific, and medical contexts that have contributed to the emerging complexities. For those who seek skills, credentials, and specialized expertise demanded of healthcare professionals, the wide range of courses examine contemporary concerns and dilemmas associated with patient autonomy, informed consent, human experimentation, organ transplantation, justice, and end-of-life dilemmas and decisions. If we want well-informed decisions and public policy, we need thoughtful insights drawn from a broad mix of disciplines. Topics in Biomedical Ethics Include: Abortion, Medical Malpractice, Aging Medical Research, Artificial Insemination, Nanomedicine, Assisted Suicide, Organ Donation, Cloning, Pain Management, Disability, Patient's Rights, Feeding Tube, Prescription Drug, Gene Therapy Care & Cost, Health Care Economics Research, Drug Health Policy, Legalization, Health Disparities, Stem Cell Research, Transexuality.

Course location/delivery

This certificate is offered partially online and on the Tampa Campus.

Admission requirements

A bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a regionally accredited college
A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Application process

To learn about the application process, and to access the application, please review our application process.




THREE of the following:
GMS 6870 - Medical Ethics and Humanities (3)
BCH 6070 - Biotechnology and Bioethics (3)
GMS 7930 - Clinical Ethics (3)
GMS 7930 - Spirituality and Medicine (3)
GMS 6891 - Medicine and the Movies (3)
GMS 7930 - Health and Social Justice (3)
GMS 7930 - Reproductive Ethics (3)
GMS 6941 - Bioethics Internship (3)
GMS 6902 - Bioethics Independent/Directed Study (3)Electives

One elective graduate-level course (3 hours) that contributes to the overall competency in breath of topics related to biomedical ethics such as Bioinformatics, Biotechnology, Medical Sciences, Women's Health, Religion, Anthropology and Sociology. This elective may also be chosen from the Required Course list.


Time limit

Courses must be completed within two years.

Credit toward graduate degree

Up to 12 hours of certificate course credits may be applied to a graduate degree with departmental approval.

Standardized tests

The GRE test is not required for admission to the certificate program. However, the GRE is required for admission to the graduate degree programs. International students must submit a TOEFL score when English is not the native language. A minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 79 on the web-based test is required.


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