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Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Ethics

About the MS in Public Health Ethics

The Master of Science (MS) in Public Health Ethics equips students with the knowledge and skills needed to identify, understand and analyze ethical issues in public health; to disseminate new knowledge through the scholarly literature; and to work towards real-world solutions to ethical issues.

Students receive in-depth training in ethical theory and decision-making and the ethical dimensions of public health research, practice and policy. Students also receive training in public health systems and research methods.

The program prepares students to serve as thought leaders in the field of public health and for job positions requiring expertise in health ethics. It can also serve as a stepping-stone for students wishing to pursue doctoral-level education in ethics.

What You Will Learn

  • Expertise in health ethics
  • Identifying, understanding and analyzing ethical issues in public health
  • Disseminating new knowledge through the scholarly literature
  • Working towards real-world solutions to ethical issues
  • Training in ethical theory and decision-making and the ethical dimensions of public health research, practice and policy

Job Outlook

The degree is excellent preparation for careers in health care compliance, ethical and regulatory pharmaceutical and biotechnical industries, institutional review boards, and community health.

Graduates can work as:

  • Consultants in clinical settings, law firms and research facilities
  • Genetic counselors
  • Public policy advisors or analysts
  • Community spokespeople or educators
  • Researchers

Applicants to the MS in Public Health Ethics program must possess a minimum GPA of 3.0 from an undergraduate bachelor degree program in an accredited US college or university, or its equivalent in another country.

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Degree Requirements

Completion of the MS in Public Health Ethics will require:

  • 45 credits
  • Coursework and practice in public health systems and research methods
  • 12 months or 4 quarters to complete full time
  • Master's thesis

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Sample Plan of Study

Term Courses
 1

Proseminar in Public Health Ethics

Cases in Public Health Ethics

Ethics Journal Club

Methods for Public Health Research I

 2

Ethics Journal Club

Public Health Ethics

Global Health Ethics

Methods for Public Health Research II

Elective Course

 3

History of Public Health

Health Disparities: Systemic, Structural, Environmental & Economic

Elective Course

 4

Introduction to Research Ethics

Master's Thesis

Full Sample Plan of Study

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Contact


Michael Yudell, PhD, MPH
Professor and Chair, Department of Community Health and Prevention
267.359.6084
myudell@drexel.edu

David A. Wood, MBA, MS
Director of Recruitment, Enrollment, and Retention
267.359.6092
daw348@drexel.edu