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Courses

In addition to two core courses and a required final semester practicum, students enrolled in the MA in Bioethics program will choose five elective courses to tailor their studies to their interests and goals from areas such as:

  • ethical theory

  • clinical ethics

  • legal and political philosophy

  • philosophy of biology and medicine

  • environmental or health law

  • anthropology and sociology of medicine

  • health economics or policy

  • public or international and community health

One Year Sample Course Sequence

Fall semester (10 credits)
GPH-GU 1005 Advanced Introduction to Bioethics Fall
Advanced Introduction to Bioethics - Open only to Graduate Students in Bioethics or Philosophy or by Permission of Instructor. This seminar is intended to introduce students to the central methods and concerns of contemporary bioethics. We will consider topics including the grounds for respecting human (and other) life, the concepts of well-being and autonomy, decisions about future people, and justice in distribution of scarce medical resources. Students will develop familiarity with these concepts as well as the conventions and standards of bioethical debate.
GPH-GU 1008 Topics in Bioethics Fall
Reproductive Ethics; Justice in Health & Healthcare; Current Controversies and Politics; End of Life; Global Public Health Ethics; Nonconsequentialism; Moral Indeterminacy; Life and Death; Ethical Theories
Spring semester (14 credits)
GPH-GU 1006 Advanced Introduction to Environmental Ethics Spring
Advanced Introduction to Environmental Ethics - This course situates theoretical developments in practical ethics broadly and in environmental ethics specifically. The course builds on the theoretical materials by examining a series of cases including ethics and agriculture, corporate responsibility and environmental injustice, and the environmental health consequences of war.
Summer semester (9 credits)
GPH-GU 3555 Bioethics Practicum Fall
Prerequisite: One semester in the Program, or a minimum of three courses. .
GPH-GU 1008 Topics in Bioethics Fall
Reproductive Ethics; Justice in Health & Healthcare; Current Controversies and Politics; End of Life; Global Public Health Ethics; Nonconsequentialism; Moral Indeterminacy; Life and Death; Ethical Theories

NOTE: This is a sample sequence; electives may vary, as will credits.

Bioethics electives:

GPH-GU 1008 Topics in Bioethics Fall
Reproductive Ethics; Justice in Health & Healthcare; Current Controversies and Politics; End of Life; Global Public Health Ethics; Nonconsequentialism; Moral Indeterminacy; Life and Death; Ethical Theories

Offered through the Public Health program:

GPH-GU 2410 Global Burden of Infectious Disease Fall
Infectious diseases, especially HIV, TB, malaria and acute respiratory infections (ARI) contribute substantially to the global burden of disease. This course will focus on the biology, epidemiology and control of these infectious diseases. This is essential training for practitioners of global public health.
GPH-GU 2153 Global Environmental Health Fall
No description available
GPH-GU 2110 Global Health Policy and Management Fall
Governments bear significant responsibilities for assuring the health of their people. As our understanding of the social determinants of health has improved, exercising this responsibility calls for national policies that include planning for the personal health care system, addressing broader issues of population health services and links to policies that affect education, economic development, the environment, among other areas. All nations, especially developing countries and those in transition, face challenges to their national health strategies from the effects of globalization and global decision-making on issues that affect health. Government leaders must address not only health problems within their borders, but those that come across their borders. They must also interact with international organizations that affect global health.
GPH-GU 2130 Ethical Issues&Decision Making in Intl Pub Hlth Fall
This course will explore reseThis course will explore research and public policy issues related to the health and well being of the public in the international community. During the course, ethical principles will be explored in the context of goal-based, duty-based, and rights-based morality. Contemporary research studies, public policies (past and present), and private sector practices will be evaluated. Consideration will be given to important standards such as The Declaration of Helsinki, the Geneva Accords, (U.S.) National Research Act, and the Belmont Report as standards as well as the Code of Ethics for Public Health with regard to decision-making in research, public policy, and practice. The application of the ethical principles of Beneficence, Respect for Autonomy, and Justice will serve as the foundation for ethical reflection in this course. Aspects of social justice relevant in the international community will be studies, particularly applied to issues surround HIV, stem cell research, human rights, corporate conduct, and the conduct of clinical trials in developing countries. A case study approach will be used throughout the course to explore and elaborate these issues. Texts, movies, and readings will be studied to gain an understanding of global issues that influence public health principles and practice. Issues will be explored in a general manner that will apply to later reflection in concentration course work and in the integrated seminars. The course endeavors to be a vehicle which deepens understanding and expands individual student?s perspectives about the impact of public health and public health policy. Time will be devoted to exploring issues of man-made and natural catastrophes as a public health issue. Special topics like confidentiality, decision-making, informed consent, using confidential information in research, and requirements.
GPH-GU 5153 Global Environmental Health Fall
This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to and overview of the key areas of environmental health. Using the perspectives of the population and community, the course will cover factors associated with the development of environmental health problems. Students will gain an understanding of the interaction of individuals and communities with the environment, the potential impact on health of environmental agents, and specific applications of concepts of environmental health. The course will consist of a series of lectures and will cover principles derived from core environmental health disciplines. The sequence of major topics begins with background material and "tools of the trade" (i.e., environmental epidemiology and environmental toxicology). The course then covers human activities that lead to exposures to agents of environmental diseases, including chemical, physical, and microbial agents that originate in the environment and can impact human health.
GPH-GU 5110 Global Health Policy and Management Fall
Governments bear significant responsibilities for assuring the health of their people. As our understanding of the social determinants of health has improved, exercising this responsibility calls for national policies that include planning for the personal health care system, addressing broader issues of population health services and links to policies that affect education, economic development, the environment, among other areas. All nations, especially developing countries and those in transition, face challenges to their national health strategies from the effects of globalization and global decision-making on issues that affect health. Government leaders must address not only health problems within their borders, but those that come across their borders. They must also interact with international organizations that affect global health. This course provides students with a comparative, cross-national overview to key issues, concepts and theories related to the planning, evaluation, financing, organization, management and reform of personal care and population-oriented health systems, worldwide.
GPH-GU 5106 Epidemiology Fall
Introduces students to the field of public health epidemiology, emphasizing the sociocultural factors associated with the distribution and etiology of health and disease. Methodological skills including the calculation of rates, analysis of vital statistics, and programming data using a basic statistical package are covered.
GPH-GU 2334 Global Health Governance and Management Fall
No description available

GSAS Electives:

ANTH-GA 3393 Cultures of Biomedicine
EHSC-GA 1005 Ecotoxicology: Hudson River Case Study
EHSC-GA 1006 Toxicology
EHSC-GA 1007 Terrorism: Biological, Chemical, and Psychological Warfare
EHSC-GA 1010 Weather, Air Pollution, and Health
EHSC-GA 1011 Global Issues in Environmental Health
EHSC-GA 2033 Aerosol Science
EHSC-GA 2301 Radiological Health
POL-GA 3500 Comparative Political Seminar: Sustainable Economic Development
PHIL-GA 1104 Advanced Introduction to Ethics
PHIL-GA 2284 Contemporary Ethical Theory 
SOC-GA 2401 Sociology of Medicine

Steinhardt Electives:

ENYC-GE 2019 Fundamentals of Environmental Thought
ENYC-GE 2020 Contemporary Environmental Debates
ENYC-GE 2021 Environmental Politics
ENYC-GE 2070 Environmental Education
MCC-GE 2295 Values Embodied in Information and Communications Technology
OT-GE 2764 Scholarly Inquiry in Occupational Therapy III: Philosophical

Law School Electives:

LAW-LW 3563 Environmental Values, Policies, and the Law
LAW-LW 3635 Seminar in Environmental Law: Writing Credit
LAW-LW 3049 Introduction to Moral and Political Philosophy
LAW-LW 3377 Human Dignity Seminar
LAW-LW 11551 Animal Law Seminar, Wolfson
LAW-LW 10591 Climate, Ethics, & the Law Seminar
LAW-LW.3528 Bioethics
LAW-LW 10211/BIOE-GA 1211 Health Policy Seminar
LAW-LW 10797/BIOE-GA 1797 Health Law


Wagner Graduate School of Public Service Electives:

HPAM-GP 1830 Health and Medical Care
HPAM-GP 2466 Current Issues in Environmental Politics
HPAM-GP 2836 Current Issues in Health Policy
HPAM-GP 2849 Economic Analysis of Global Health
HPAM-GP 4652 Ethical Issues in Healthcare Management
PADM-GP 2472 Environmental Economics
URPL-GP 1603 Introduction to Urban Planning, Development, and Decision Making
URPL-GP 1605 Land Use Law: Planning Perspective
URPL-GP 2126 Risk Management in Environmental Health and Protection
URPL-GP 2127 Environmental Law
URPL-GP 2234 Ecoleadership
URPL-GP 2237 Urbanization in Developing Countries
URPL-GP 2470 Transportation Policy
URPL-GP 2610 Environmental Impact Assessment
URPL-GP 2612 Adapting the Physical City
URPL-GP 2613 Sustainable Cities in a Comparative Perspective
URPL-GP 2615 Environment and Urban Dynamics
URPL-GP 2625 Workshop in Environmental Planning-Urban Waterfront
URPL-GP 2641 Urban Transportation Planning
URPL-GP 2665 Decentralized Development Planning and Policy Reform in Developing Countries
URPL-GP 2666 Water Sourcing and Delivery in an Era of Climate Change

Summer 2017 Course Schedule

Summer 2017 registration is currently open.  For specific question regarding course selection and sequence, please contact Cassandra Coste.

Course # Course Title Day Time Dates Instructor Type Credits Class#
GPH-GU 3555 001 Bioethics Practicum* TBD TBD TBD Liao SEM 2-4 2434
GPH-GU 1008 001 Topics in Bioethics: End of Life MW 6:00-8:30 5/22-6/28 Golub LEC 4 2433
GPH-GU 1165 001 Research Ethics MW 6:00-8:30 7/3-8/9 TBA LEC 4 2432

Fall 2017 Course Schedule

Registration for Fall 2017 begins on Monday, April 24th. Students may find their enrollment appointment times in the Student Center of Albert. If you do not have one, please contact registration@nyu.edu. For specific question regarding course selection and sequence, please contact Cassandra Coste.

Course # Course Title Day Time Instructor Type Credits Class#
GPH-GU 1005 001 Advanced Introduction to Bioethics W 6:45-8:45 TBA LEC 3 5995
GPH-GU 3555 001 Bioethics Practicum* TBD TBD Liao SEM 2-4 5996
GPH-GU 1008 001 Topics in Bioethics: Reproductive Ethics M 6:45-8:45 Liao LEC 4 6027
GPH-GU 1008 002 Topics in Bioethics: Justice in Health & Hleahtcare T 6:45-8:45 TBA LEC 4 17645
GPH-GU 1211 001 Health Policy Seminar T 4:00-5:50
 
Law LEC 3 6069
GPH-GU 1797 001 Health Law TR 9:30-10:45 Law LEC 3 6079

* requires advisor approval

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The Center for Bioethics

The foundation of the MA in Bioethics degree is the NYU Center for Bioethics, launched in September 2007 with a Chair endowed by Dr. Arthur Zitrin, who for over 40 years was a prime mover in ethics education at the NYU Medical Center.