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New M.S. Degree in Bioethics

Columbia’s School of Continuing Education, working with P&S, will enroll the first class of students in the fall of 2010 for a new master of science program in bioethics.

With bioethics becoming increasingly important in contemporary life, affecting culture, society, politics, economy, and individual lives, the M.S. in bioethics will train students to understand and address the ethical, legal, and social implications of advances in biotechnology and biomedicine and equip them with critical knowledge and skills needed to make decisions about bioethical issues. Students will draw on the resources of P&S, the Mailman School of Public Health, the School of Law, the Earth Institute, and other Columbia programs.

The bioethics program is appropriate for undergraduates who plan to work in health care professions and are interested in bioethical issues, dual-degree graduate students, and mid-career professionals in health care or related fields. “From medicine as a profession to advances in biotechnology and biomedicine, particularly in the area of stem cell research, complex ethical questions are now global in reach,” says Robert Klitzman, M.D., director of the degree program and professor of clinical psychiatry. “This program trains students to engage these questions in a range of professional settings including health care, biotechnology, pharmaceutical companies, public policy, and law.”

The M.S. program is offered on a full-time or part-time basis to accommodate the schedules of working professionals, including physicians. Information about the program is available at www.ce.columbia.edu/bioethics or by calling 212-854-9666 or sending e-mail to ce-info@columbia.edu.