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For the past several years, Loyola Marymount University has been on the forefront of bioethics education within the Los Angeles community. Our distinctive Jesuit Catholic identity places us at the crossroad of interesting, yet challenging, intersections: faith and reason, religious and secular ethics, church and public realm, academic learning and social engagement.

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Serving both students oriented to doctoral programs in bioethics and professionals interested in more practical training, LMU Bioethics Institute reaches out to a diverse constituency that includes:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses
  • Social workers
  • Chaplains
  • Hospital administrators

We welcome all spiritual, cultural and ethnic experiences.

Our commitment is to challenging curricular offerings at the graduate and undergraduate levels, expanding research initiatives for interdisciplinary collaboration of faculty across various Departments and Colleges, and renewing our involvement in the larger community through public lectures, symposia, and a critical contribution to the most controversial ethical issues of the day. 

 


 

The graduate programs in bioethics at Loyola Marymount University are distinct programs of study leading to a Master of Arts degree or a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics. The programs seek to provide graduate educational opportunities that will enable students to reflect systematically on contemporary issues in bioethics through a challenging liberal arts and sciences curriculum with a commitment to social justice.  

 

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‌The Master of Arts in Bioethics is a multidisciplinary program that facilitates learning and thinking from an interdisciplinary perspective. It fosters the critical analysis of bioethical topics through the interplay between moral theory and medical practice. An MA in Bioethics can prepare students for doctoral study at another institution or compliment other graduate work in fields such as Philosophy, Law, Medicine, Theology and Spiritual Care.

 

 

 

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The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics program prepares individuals to deal with the complexities of bioethical issues arising in clinical practice and to become leaders in decision-making about bioethical problems in their respective institutions. A Graduate Certificate in Bioethics can augment clinical practice and prepare healthcare professionals (e.g. physicians, nurses, clinical social workers, pastoral care personnel, hospital administrators, etc.) to serve on a medical center bioethics committee.

 

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Learning Outcomes

Graduates of the Bioethics Institute will be able to:

  • understand the basic problems, methods, and approaches to the field of bioethics
  • familiarize with the main ethical theories of bioethics and identify the philosophical components of the public discussion on bioethical issues
  • engage in the critical analysis of bioethical questions and articulate their theoretical and practical dimension
  • recognize and interpret the theological presuppositions of bioethical questions and appreciate the contribution of religious traditions to the field of bioethics
  • appreciate the importance of ethical dialogue across different philosophical traditions
  • become familiar with the clinical context of medicine and recognize the ethical challenges facing health care professionals and their patients today
  • understand the legal and public policy implications of bioethics and become able to understand the interplay of morality and law both at a general level and in relation to specific bioethical issues