Health Administration Program

Certificate Program in Health Care Ethics


Program Description

The goal of the certificate program in Health Care Ethics is to offer a distinctive program of studies to prepare individuals for the complex and growing field of biomedical ethics. The program seeks to provide graduate educational opportunities that will enable students to reflect systematically on contemporary issues in bioethics, medical research and healthcare principally through the prism of the intellectual heritage of the Roman Catholic philosophical and theological tradition. The certificate program is intended for those who are working in the healthcare field especially members of Institutional Ethics Committees both in hospitals and nursing homes, Organizational Ethics Committees and members of Institutional Review Boards. It is also for professionals in the health care field who wish to pursue a credentialed career or those who wish to enhance their expertise in ethics.

The Certificate Program is a value-added component to the following graduate programs: M.S. in Health Administration, M.S. in Health Administration-Health Education Joint Degree or M.S. in Long Term Care Administrative. Once students have completed their degree program, successfully completing 2 additional courses will earn them a Certificate. Contact Program Director of Health Care Ethics to obtain approval. There is no need for formal, additional application to Saint Joseph’s University.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate program requires each individual to take four courses. Two of these courses will be required courses:

HAD 600         Ethics of Healthcare
HAD 554         Healthcare Law

The two remaining courses can be taken from the following electives:

HCE 550         Topics in Bioethics
HCE 552         Theological Issues in Bioethics
HCE 553         Philosophical Ethical Theories in Bioethics
HCE 571         Health Care Disparities
HCE 572         Social Justice and Bioethics
HCE 573         Death and Dying: End of Life Decision Making
HCE 574         Spirituality and Health Care
HAD 550         Health Services Research
HAD 559         Health Policy
HAD 570         Psychosocial Aspects of Chronic Disease and Disability
HED 552         Epidemiology and Community Health
HED 560         Aging in America       
HED 577         Health Education and HIV/AIDS

(Alternative electives can be taken with the permission of the director)      

Admission and Application Requirements*

  • A completed Saint Joseph's University graduate application. Click here for more information.
  • Official sealed transcript(s) of undergraduate/graduate coursework. If you are a SJU graduate the Office of Graduate Operations will obtain your SJU transcripts for you.
  • A current resume.
  • Personal statement-a letter of intention outlining the candidate's professional and educational goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation.
  • $35 application fee (waived if attended an Open House or are a SJU graduate.)

For admissions information contact:

Kate McConnell
Director of Admissions, Marketing, and Communications Graduate Arts and Sciences

For program information contact:

Mark C. Aita, S.J., M.D.
Director, Graduate Programs in Health Care Ethics