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Bioethics Practicum

To complete the MA degree in Bioethics, students must do a practicum in a health or environmental organization in the greater New York area or beyond, studying and reporting on the ethical issues that are addressed or neglected in the work of the organization. With the assistance of advisers and other members of the Center, students will make contacts with health or environmental institutions to arrange a practicum, including the starting date, frequency of meetings, and duration.

Examples of practicum:

  • “shadowing” a hospital palliative care physician or team and examining moral and epistemic issues of assessing patients’ pain, prognoses, and needs to be transferred to hospice care in the hospital or home;
  • assisting in a green‐roof promotion project in a city neighborhood and investigating citizens’ individual and collective environmental health responsibilities and related educational efforts. 

By the end of the Practicum, students will have hands‐on experience with real‐life ethical issues arising out of medical and environmental settings and will learn about how to think through these issues by applying knowledge acquired from the other courses in the MA program.

Practicum Sites:
Students looking for practicum opportunities are strongly advised to periodically consult the practicum list. Additionally, our student research blog lists various paid and unpaid opportunities that satisfy the practicum requirements. View a list of previous practicum sites here. All sites must be approved by the practicum adviser before a commitment is made to the site supervisor. Once the practicum site is finalized, students are expected to complete a practicum prospectus form and submit it to their adviser.

Note: Students are allowed to participate in paid practica positions permitting that the practicum is approved by their program advisers and not within the NYU Center for Bioethics.

The Bioethics Practicum information sheet provides information about the requirements for practicum, expectations, assignments, seminar, etc. If you still have questions after reviewing this information, feel free to contact us at

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