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Bioethics Certificate Program

SPONSORED BY: Berman Institute of Bioethics

Onsite | Part-Time | 1-3 years

About the Bioethics Certificate Program

The rigorous pursuit of human wellbeing through health care and research has resulted in tremendous gains, locally and globally, for individuals and populations. From the first ventilator to the first vaccine, such scientific and technological discoveries have sought to prolong life and alleviate human suffering while advancing health-related knowledge. These advancements and their varied potential applications, however, often present challenging ethical questions — for individuals and society — about appropriate use, access, safety, and rights and obligations, among others.

The certificate program will prepare current and future health practitioners, researchers, policymakers, and scholars to take on bioethical issues within highly complex public health, science, and health care challenges that emerge daily.

Educational Objectives

  1. Describe the essential theories and methods that underpin the ethics of public health, clinical care, science and research;
  2. Recognize ethical issues and questions that arise in public health, clinical care, science and research;
  3. Articulate and critique policy and scholarly arguments to engage with long-standing and emerging debates in bioethics;
  4. Distinguish various ethics advisory functions in practice settings; and
  5. Apply ethical theories and methods to real-world ethical dilemmas. 

Curriculum for the Bioethics Certificate Program

Please visit our Academic Catalogue to see the full certificate curriculum requirements. Please also review the certificate completion requirements.

Admissions Requirements

Degree Students

Applying to the certificate program as a JHU graduate student: 

Students already enrolled in a graduate program at JHU are not required to submit the School's electronic admissions application, but must submit the Bioethics Declaration of Intent form.

Eligible Start Terms:


Non-Degree Students

Students with at least a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a strong academic record are eligible for admission to this certificate program. If you are not currently enrolled in a graduate program at Hopkins, these admissions requirements apply for this certificate program:

Eligible Start Terms:


General Certificate Admissions Requirements

Please see our General Certificate Admission Requirements page for information about specific application components and instructions on how to apply to a certificate program through SOPHAS Express.

Prerequisites or special requirements


Application for Non-Degree Students


Information regarding the cost of tuition and fees can be found on the Bloomberg School's Certificate Programs Tuition page.

Contact Us

Questions about the program? We're happy to help.

Sponsoring Department
Berman Institute of Bioethics

Certificate Program Contact
Penny White

Faculty Sponsor
Travis Rieder