Our goal is to provide bioethics training that will directly benefit patients and research participants, and promote the development of ethically sound healthcare policy. We offer training programs that meet the needs of health and legal professionals who work on ethics committees, institutional review boards, and other decision-making bodies that are expected to make important, ethically complex assessments.
Our bioethics programs are among the earliest in the US, and began in 1995 with the Certificate Program, a collaboration between Montefiore and Columbia led by bioethics pioneers Nancy Dubler and David Rothman. Faculty of the program over the years include a Who's Who of Bioethics and the medical humanities in America: Rita Charon, Barron Lerner, Jeff Blustein, the late John Arras and Adrienne Asch, and many others. Among our hundreds of graduates are numerous leaders in healthcare ethics, many of whom credit the program with dramatically changing the direction of their career. Clinical Ethics has always been a strength of the program, drawing from the decades of cases and faculty experience from Montefiore.
The Masters' Program started in 2010 under the direction of Tia Powell, in collaboration with Ed Stein of Cardozo Law . The MBE offers a more in-depth experience to our former and new students. Our program continues to draw upon a rich mixture of medicine, law, narrative, fiction, and clinical experience to offer our students a unique and nuanced appreciation of ethical challenges in healthcare.
The goal of the Masters’ Program and the Certificate Program is to train future and current professionals to translate bioethical theory into practice, with a focus on service-oriented aspects of bioethics; these include clinical bioethics consultation, health care ethics policy and the ethical practice of research involving human subjects.
Our students include doctors, lawyers, nurses, social workers, a range of other professionals, law and medical students and recent college graduates. They have as a common goal the desire to understand and balance the relationship between complicated medical issues and choices and the firmly held values of patients, families and providers.
Why did you choose the Einstein Cardozo Master of Science in Bioethics?
After looking through a number of bioethics programs it became clear that the emphasis of the Einstein Cardozo program was on competencies of practical skill and knowledge, rather than a dominant emphasis on classic philosophy (a priority of other programs). Medical and legal professionals having a grasp on the philosophy that underpins bioethics is important, but what is more useful is experience with navigating cases and being able to apply philosophical frameworks and principles in coming to a solution; a priority of the Einstein-Cardozo Masters program.
What was your experience being a full time graduate student in the program?
The workload has been very manageable. The readings are always interesting and cover a wide range of perspectives. The professors will usually assign a couple lay articles or narratives in addition to the seminal academic texts, so we are able to compare established ethical discourse to recent cases. I also have room in my schedule to take law school courses. They are challenging, but it has been an unexpected and fascinating experience.
What is your favorite aspect of the Bioethics program?
I was drawn to the program because of the diverse student body. There are students that range from professionals who are healthcare providers, lawyers, administrators, and newly graduated students. It is a great experience to be amongst other students who have different perspectives on bioethics. I also enjoy taking the elective law classes at Cardozo. The experience has really changed how I look at ethical problems.
Our Faculty and Staff
With our notable faculty and diverse, multidisciplinary programming, we provide the teaching and interactive experiences that allow healthcare and legal professionals to be leaders in the expanding field of bioethics.