Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics (MAUB)
The CUB is home to an array of educational programs, the hallmark of which is the Master of Arts in Urban Bioethics (MAUB). Students pursue the MAUB because they are currently confronting, or anticipate confronting, extreme inequities of health and access to medical, legal, and other resources that are prevalent in our urban context of density, diversity, and disparities. The MAUB program provides not only a solid foundation in traditional bioethics, but practical training and resources for understanding and analyzing the ethics, values, and value conflicts relevant to the urban setting.
MAUB students represent a variety of disciplines and professions. About half of our students are dual degree students (currently we offer dual degrees with programs in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine and the College of Public Health), and half are physicians or staff from the Temple University Health System.
The MAUB Core Faculty are:
- Dr. Nora Jones, who directs the MAUB and the associated Graduate Certificate in Urban Bioethics and is the course director for the introductory seminars.
- Prof. Providenza Rocco, who manages the graduate programs, lectures in the introductory seminars, and leads specialized electives in aging and end-of-life ethics.
- Dr. Kathleen Reeves, who lectures extensively in the MAUB introductory seminars and leads a specialized elective in pediatric urban bioethics.
- Dr. Stuart Fine, who joins us from the Fox School of Business to teach the MAUB's health economics and policy course.
In addition, our faculty lend their expertise and instruction throughout Temple University, offering specialized courses and lectures in the Lewis Katz School of Medicine, the Kornberg School of Dentistry, and the Colleges of Liberal Arts and Public Health.
Pincus Family Foundation Urban Health Fellowship
The Pincus Urban Health Fellowship is a program that provides healthcare professionals a well-rounded education about the state of pediatric health in urban communities, and the skills needed to develop and implement new innovations addressing this population. A goal of the Pincus Urban Health Fellowship is to build a team knowledgeable of, committed to, and embedded in the communities of North Philadelphia.
In year one, Fellows will take the core curriculum for the MA in Urban Bioethics, a series of courses that lay the theoretical and methodological groundwork for Fellows eventual project development. Coursework provides a clear understanding of the health disparities our urban children face every day, and Fellows will learn how social determinants of health, exposure to adverse experiences, violence, food insecurity, and poverty affect children’s long-term health. How these experiences impact growing health care costs and the successes and failure of current health care policies at the local and national level will also be explored. In addition to classroom didactic courses, Fellows will participate in a year-long, longitudinal, community engagement course that is founded on community-driven project development. All in-person classes are offered on the Lewis Katz School of Medicine campus in North Philadelphia.
During the second year of the Fellowship, the Fellow will identify a specific pediatric, urban problem evident in North Philadelphia and work with academic, medical, and community mentors to develop, implement, and evaluate an innovative intervention with the goal of improving pediatric health in a fiscally sustainable way.