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Urban Bioethics Track (MAUB) 

Track Objectives

To provide residents interested in supplemental education in urban bioethics with an opportunity to obtain a master’s degree in the field while enrolled in a residency training program in general psychiatry. This track will focus on training residents to be capable of providing in-depth analysis of ethical issues to enhance and inform psychiatric and behavioral health care practice and research. Residents will also be optimally positioned to participate as bioethicists in clinical care institutions, health departments, public policy, and administration areas.

This track is administered in collaboration with the Temple University Center for Urban Bioethics (CUB). Residents will integrate the MAUB core curriculum into their residency training program curriculum and be awarded a Master’s Degree in Urban Bioethics.

Application and Acceptance

Acceptance is determined by residency director in conjunction with track director and the Clinical Competency Committee.  Acceptance is contingent upon being in good standing within the residency and being accepted into the Master’s Degree program.  Residents may apply at any point from the PGY 1 year to August of the PGY 3 year.


PGY 2 & 3

Residents are expected to leave services early on Thursday afternoons during either their PGY 2 or 3 year to attend :

Urban Bioethics 1 & 2 (6 credits)

In a seminar format this course introduces students to the field of urban bioethics. Topics to be covered include: the history and theoretical foundations of bioethics; the role of values and ethics in health, health care, law, and policy; the role of values and ethics in understanding the social determinants of health and health disparities and inequities. The course features guest lectures from CBUH&P faculty fellows. Additional topics in Bioethics 2 include: health policy, the ethics of research with vulnerable populations, clinical ethics, theories of cultural competency/humility, and critical epidemiology. 

The following are on-line courses to be completed:

Urban Bioethics 2 (3 credits)

The Values, Ethics, and Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities (online) (2 credits)

This course focuses on the values, organization, funding, and logistics of community based health care delivery. Students will be introduced to the various agencies involved in urban health care delivery –FQHC, HRSA, NIH, and others. In addition, an introduction to grant writing in the area of urban bioethics and health delivery in urban communities will be provided. 

Critical Social Science and Urban Bioethics (online) (2 credits)

This course introduces students to the theories and methods of critical social science, such as critical medical anthropology (CMA). Students will gain an appreciation for the role and importance of political, religious, economic, and social lenses, and of understanding disease and illness as biocultural phenomena. 


Residents complete the following course and thesis during elective time:

Community Engagement (4 credits)

This is a hands-on, community-based course that takes a holistic look at a community, analyzing both its strengths and challenges. Students will work in multidisciplinary teams and with a faculty advisor and community representative in different neighborhoods within the city of Philadelphia. Students will work in and with the community to learn how to identify the values underlying the community’s strengths and challenges, and then use those that value-orientation to: perform a medical urban map, perform a needs assessment, analyze the bioethics dimensions and the social determinants of health and illness in the community, write a pretend grant to study health issues in the community, conduct oral histories with community members, and conduct photojournalism assignments, among other things. Learn more about the course here. (PDF)

Thesis (3 credits)

Working in conjunction with a thesis advisor, who upon approval can be from the Medical School, the CBUH&P, or a dual-degree student’s home department, the student will conduct an original research project (empirical or non-empirical) and produce a publishable quality paper. The thesis should be a novel contribution to the field.

6 credits of Electives and Independent study will be planned with the director of residency training.  An example of an Independent Study project would be presentation of a journal club related to Urban Bioethics.

The remaining 9 credits will be either transferred in (if the resident earned his or her MD from Temple University) or granted as advanced standing credits (for residents earning an MD or DO from another institution).

Residents have a total of 5 years to complete the MAUB degree. 

Tuition and Fees

Through a combination of tuition remission, parallel fee remission for TU/TUH employees and Department of Psychiatry support, psychiatry residents at Temple University attend free of tuition and fees.