The Master of Bioethics degree is a new collaborative program of the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. An innovative, interdisciplinary, and cross-divisional graduate program, the goal of the MBE program is to prepare students from diverse individual and professional backgrounds for the bioethics challenges of professional and civic life.
The rigorous pursuit of human wellbeing through health care and research has resulted in tremendous gains, locally and globally, for the benefit of individuals and populations. From the first ventilator to the first vaccine, such scientific and technological discoveries have been used to prolong life and alleviate human suffering while advancing health-related knowledge. These advancements, however, often present challenging ethical questions — for individuals and society — about appropriate use, access, safety, and rights and obligations, among many others.
Graduates of the MBE program will be equipped to drive the responsible pursuit of new knowledge, new approaches to considering societies’ thorniest issues, and new ways of improving health to further progress in science and technology, the humanities and arts, and public health and medicine.
The program requires successful completion of a minimum of 64 term credits, including a practicum and a thesis seminar. Upon matriculation, each student charts a program of study to meet individual goals.
Full-time students typically complete the degree over four 8-week academic terms plus a few credits during the summer. Part-time students must complete program requirements within four years.
In addition to formal coursework, practicum, and thesis, all students will participate in a variety of supplemental seminars in bioethics, such as the Berman Institute Noontime Seminar Series, Robert H. Levi Symposium, Shallenberger Lecture in Ethics, and the Sheila Hutzler-Rives Memorial Lecture in Palliative Care. These events allow students to interact with a broad network of national and international leaders in bioethics.
Upon successful completion of the program, students will have mastered the following competencies:
Understand the essential theories and methods that underpin the ethics of public health, clinical care, science, and research;
Recognize ethics issues and questions that arise in public health, clinical care, science, and research;
Articulate and critique policy and scholarly arguments to engage with long-standing and emerging debates in bioethics; and
Understand approaches to fulfilling ethics advisory functions in practice settings.
Applications are reviewed and offers of admission are made on a rolling basis. Because entrance into the MBE program is competitive, we strongly suggest the early submission of application materials.
A complete application will be reviewed when we have received the following:
A completed online application
Paid application fee
GRE, LSAT, or MCAT scores
Three (3) letters of recommendation
Official transcripts from ALL educational institutions attended
CV or resume
TOEFL or IELTS scores (for international applicants as required)
International Applicants: We highly encourage that you submit your application and official documents no later than the priority application deadline.