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The National Rural Bioethics Project

This Bioethics Certificate Program is a competency-based course of study that provides a basic introduction to the sociological, psychological, philosophical, legal, research, and clinical foundations of bioethics.  This particular program emphasizes the practical challenges that arise when trying to make ethically attuned decisions about healthcare and health services.  The courses are designed to meet the needs of working health and human service professionals including hospital administrators, nurses, physicians, pharmacists, health lawyers, pharmaceutical representatives, social workers, psychologists, public health officials, and educators as well as members of hospital-based ethics committees and Institutional Review Boards.  In addition to serving the needs of working professionals, the certificate coursework offers valuable graduate and undergraduate electives for persons preparing for careers in health and health-related professions including law, psychology, social work, public health, political science, environmental health, and communication sciences.

The curriculum for the University of Montana Bioethics Certificate Program draws on the findings from empirical, multi-method rural studies that have been conducted in rural communities throughout the country by Drs. Cook and Hoas, Research Professors in the Department of Psychology.  These studies, initiated approximately fourteen years ago, have been funded by entities that include the Department of Education, National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Greenwall Foundation, and the Culpeper Rockefeller Brothers Fund. 

The certificate program is offered online to students throughout the country and worldwide. The Certification requires completion of four core courses (12 semester hours).  One course is offered each term and so if desired, the required Coursework can be completed within a 12-month period of time. Options are available for either graduate or undergraduate credit.

If interested please contact Professor Ann Cook, Ph.D.  

Photos courtesy of Dudley Dana, Dana Gallery