The Department of Philosophy and the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health offer dual degrees in Public Health and Philosophy, with a concentration in either Bioethics or International Research Ethics.
The many advances in health sciences have resulted in new, complex ethical considerations for individuals, health care professionals, institutions and other relevant decision makers. Professionals in public health, prevention sciences, health sciences, the life sciences, and the social sciences have relied on the field of bioethics when dealing with controversial issues related to individual vs. community rights, analysis of benefits, harms, risks and costs, and ethical issues in global health research.
Students will learn about ethical issues in population health practice, research and policy. For example, they will examine questions related to individual and community responsibilities during infectious disease outbreaks and man-made or natural disasters. They will consider the ethical implications of various public health practices related to human rights, domestic and international research, resource allocations, security, and genetic/health screenings, as well as other relevant areas.
Students completing the program will receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree and a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in either Bioethics or International Research Ethics.