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MS in Bioethics and Medical Humanities

Provisionally Approved, Awaiting Final Authorization - expecting to begin accepting applications in September 2019 for the 2020-2021 Academic Year.

The MD-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. This is a two-year, 33 credit hour dual-degree program leading to a M.D. and Master of Science in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, consisting of seven required core courses and four electives. Of note, this program is also designed to accommodate students interested in pursuing the M.S. degree independently from Tulane’s M.D. program. Students select either the Bioethics Track or Medical Humanities Track to center their efforts. Fulltime students will complete the Curriculum in the first two years at Tulane School of Medicine. This program is designed to enhance the student’s scholarly and clinical background in these areas for future service and scholarship.

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.

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. Electives 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