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MS in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

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Application Deadline:

Dual Degree MD-MS Students - March 15, 2020, as these students start in Summer 2020.
Non-Dual Degree, Post Baccalaureate Students, and Mid-Career Professionals  -  July 1, 2020, as these students start in Fall 2020.

Current Master and PhD students in bioethics and medical humanities elsewhere may take Tulane MS program electives by live videoconferencing, on a space available basis.

Limited scholarship would be available for highly qualified students

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MS Overview

The Master of Science in Bioethics and Medical Humanities is a special track within the Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program at Tulane School of Medicine. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex with both technological advances as well as social decisions that must be faced, this master’s degree program will assist any learner who wishes to pursue healthcare ethics and humanities in their future. Our M.S. is a two-year, 33 credit hour program leading to a Master of Science in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, consisting of seven required core courses and four electives. This program accommodates Dual Degree MD-MS students (see below) and those students interested in pursuing the M.S. degree (independently from Tulane’s M.D. program) by post-baccalaureates progressing eventually toward a terminal degree (e.g., an MD, JD, etc.) and by mid-career professionals who wish to expand their potential in medical ethics and humanities. This program will allow for live synchronous teleconferencing by our students for core and elective courses offered by our program, allowing participation from virtually anywhere. Students select either the Bioethics Track or Medical Humanities Track to center their efforts. This Bioethics and Medical Humanities M.S. at the Tulane University School of Medicine is the only Bioethics and Medical Humanities master’s-level program in Louisiana (as well as the entire central Gulf Coast). Tulane is positioned uniquely to provide the student a bioethics and medical humanities education with an interdisciplinary faculty in medical ethics and medical humanities that have been brought together in the Program in Medical Ethics and Human Values (PMEHV). The Executive Director of the M.S. Program is David John Doukas, M.D., James A. Knight Chair in Humanities and Ethics and Medicine, Director of PMEHV, Tulane School of Medicine. Core program faculty are drawn from Philosophy, Medical Humanities, Public Health, and Clinical Ethics and boast a distinguished publication record in Bioethics and Medical Humanities staffing the core courses.

MD-MS Dual Degree Program

Importantly, this M.S. degree can be also achieved by incoming students at the Tulane School of Medicine as a Dual Degree (MD-MS) program, completed within 4 years. MD-MS dual degree students will complete the curriculum in the first two years at Tulane School of Medicine. M.S. coursework is done on Wednesday and Friday afternoons — reserved specifically for all of our dual degree program students and for medical student electives — and through elective coursework offered in the summer before and after Year 1

Curriculum Overview

The core courses provide essential grounding in ethical theory and the foundations of bioethics, current controversies in health care ethics, and the social and ethical contexts of health care decision-making; participation in hospital rounds emphasizes the practical realities of clinical ethics, and a capstone seminar integrates program courses with one another and with students’ experience in the health care professions. Elective courses from Anthropology, Economics, Philosophy, and Sociology are currently offered at Tulane University. The ten core courses are new offerings created specifically for the program, and consist of the following:

  • Foundations of Bioethics
  • Current Issues in Bioethics
  • Fundamentals of Medical Humanities
  • Capstone Course

Plus One of The Two Tracks Below:


  • Ethical Theory
  • Introduction to Clinical Ethics
  • Research Ethics



  • Literature and Film in Medicine
  • History of Medicine
  • Narrative in Medicine
For more information on the curriculum, visit the Curriculum Details page.

How to Apply
1. Click on the link below and register to create an account
2. Select Biomedical Sciences
3. Select the Masters in Bioethics