Online Degree Certificate Program in Bioethics

The Department of Philosophy, in conjunction with the Department of History and the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics, offers an online graduate certificate program in Bioethics.  The program provides a foundation in the history and theory of bioethics, a deeper understanding of healthcare law and policy, and the skills necessary to engage in ethics consultation and case review.  Students who complete the program receive training in ethical issues related to clinical care and research involving human subjects.

The goal of the online certificate program in bioethics is to provide health professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively resolve ethical dilemmas they encounter in clinical practice.

Students working toward an Interdisciplinary Ph.D., Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, or any other UMKC graduate degree program will be able to complete the required courses and receive a graduate level certificate in bioethics.  In addition to students completing other degrees at UMKC, students with appropriate academic credentials may apply solely to the certificate program.

Course requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics.

434 Cherry Hall
5030 Cherry Street
Kansas City, MO 64110
(816) 235-1331
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Jeremy Garrett, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Clancy Martin, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Philosophy

Lynda Payne, Ph.D., R.N., Sirridge Missouri Endowed Professor in Medical Humanities and Bioethics; Professor, Department of History

Marilyn Pesto, J.D., R.N., Director, Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics

Diane Plantz, M.D., Emergency Department, Children’s Mercy Hospital

Wayne Vaught, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy, Medicine and Bioethics; Dean, College of Arts and Sciences; Program Director, Online Degree Program in Bioethics