Emory Report
September 14, 2009
Volume 62, Number 3



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September 14, 2009
Bioethics focus of innovative program


Emory is launching a new master of arts degree program in bioethics, which will provide advanced interdisciplinary study for professionals and students interested in the social and ethical challenges facing medicine and the life sciences.

“I am very pleased to be launching our master’s program in bioethics,” says Paul Root Wolpe, director of Emory’s Center for Ethics, which is the academic home of the program.

“We have designed the program to give the students a thorough grounding in bioethics while providing hands-on experience in institutions like the Centers for Disease Control, NASA, the Health Care Ethics Consortium of Georgia, and Emory’s superb medical, nursing, public health, law, business and theology schools,” says Wolpe. “The program is so innovative and exciting I wish I could take it myself.”

“We are excited to add a master’s degree in bioethics,” says Lisa Tedesco, vice provost and dean of James T. Laney School of Graduate Studies. “The program reflects our strong commitment to scholarship that engages difficult problems and contributes to the public good, and it resonates deeply with the expertise, experience and resources available at Emory. We are grateful to Kathy Kinlaw, associate director of the Center for Ethics, and her team for leading the creation of this new degree program, and to Paul Root Wolpe for the vision and leadership he has brought to the Center.”

“Graduates of Emory’s master’s in bioethics program will be trained to help advance the national conversation on important issues influencing public policy, scholarship, practice and education in the field,” says Kinlaw, who also directs the Center’s program in health sciences and ethics.

Faculty of the Center for Ethics who are teaching in the program include scholars and practitioners in a variety of disciplines, such as medicine, nursing, public health, law, theology, business, the life sciences, philosophy, religion, sociology and psychology.

Courses in the new program began this fall with six students enrolled in the inaugural class. The program anticipates strong interdisciplinary interest as recruitment for fall 2010 begins.