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Program Description

The MA in Urban Bioethics, offered through the CBUHP, trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law and policy underlying the urban context of density, diversity, and inequalities. Coursework is practical, methodological, and theoretical. The degree is designed for Temple graduate students and area professionals who face, or will soon face, the complexities and disparities of urban health, and want specialized training in the ethics, values, and politics of health care in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society.

The MA in Urban Bioethics can be earned as a stand alone- or dual-degree, and can be completed on a part- or full-time basis.

The MA program is led by Dr. Nora Jones, Director of Education for the CBUHP, and supported by Prof. Providenza Rocco. Please contact either with any questions about the degree requirements, structure, or other dual-degree options.

 What is Urban Bioethics?

Urban Bioethics is a new and growing field that points a critical lens on the extreme inequalities of health and access to medical, legal, and other resources that leaves many urban dwellers and communities distinctly disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and vulnerable.

Why an MA in Urban Bioethics?

This degree is designed for individuals who confront, or who anticipate confronting, such inequities in their work and are seeking specialized training in understanding and analyzing the ethics, values, and value conflicts relevant to the urban setting. Students in the MA in Urban Bioethics program will graduate with the practical skills, theoretical orientation, and resources to deliver better care, be innovators in research, care delivery, and policy and advocacy work; and be better positioned in the ever more competitive job market.

How can I do both the MA and my MD, JD, medical residency, or other graduate degree or professional life?

Easily! The MA in Urban Bioethics is designed around the schedules and needs of dual degree students and working professionals. Courses are either once weekly on-site in the late afternoon, off-site at flexible and accommodating times, or online. Professor Rocco can help you in coordinating the curriculum to your particular schedule and address any logistical or other questions you may have.