May 17, 2021  
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Bulletin [Archived Catalog]

Medical Ethics Certificate and Post-Baccalaureate Certificate


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Program: Certificate and Post Baccalaureate Certificate
Department of Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences

Liberal Arts Building 23 ~ 260-181-6366 ~ ipfw.edu/phil


The student learning outcomes for the degree are as follows:

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of the foundational features of the existing health care system
  • Students will demonstrate awareness of the ethical issues that frame conversations when medical decisions need to be made
  • Students will also demonstrate the ethical issues specific to their particular interests (e.g., Nursing, Dentistry, etc.)

A certificate in medical ethics is available to all IPFW students earning undergraduate degrees.  It is also available as a post-baccalaureate stand-alone program.  The multidisciplinary program provides basic academic courses on health care system, aging, as well as applied ethics courses.  A practicum component involves applied work in health care setting.

The Medical Ethics Certificate is comprised of 18 credits.  The required introductory courses (6 credits) provide a foundation for understanding the workings of the health care system and ethical issues that arise.  An additional 9 credits are chosen by the student from a variety of disciplinary courses relevant to the  ethics of the health care system.  The final 1-3 credit requirement is a practicum that ideally will involve applied work in a health care setting.

To earn the certificate, a student must meet all regular IPFW admission requirements and complete the following 16-18 credits with a grade of C- or better in each course.

Note:  To be entered into the program, you must meet with the medical ethics certificate program director.  The program of study must be approved by the medical ethics certificate program director. 

Program Requirements


 No more than four philosophy courses (including PHIL 49300) can be used to fulfill requirements for the Certificate in Medical Ethics.

Choose one of the following: Credits 3


Choose two of the following: Credits 6


Required: 1 - 3 Credit Practicum


  • Cr. 1-3.
  • PHIL 49300 will be overseen by the certificate program director. a typical one-hour project wold be a short case analysis in the student’s area of interest. a typical three-hour project wold involve an internship with an appropriate organization with a written report about the experience and the ethical issues that arose.

Total credits: 18


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