Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics

The Department of Health Management and Informatics in partnership with the MU Center for Health Ethics offers a Certificate in Health Ethics, which may be completed completely online or through articulation with residential professional coursework. While there are multiple educational offerings which may result in certificate acquisition, students must complete a minimum of 12 Credit Hours from the below approved list:

Required Courses - 6 credits

  • HMI 7564: Health Ethics Theory (3 credits) - covers topics in metaethics and normative ethics with a focus on how they relate to situations and controversies in healthcare; includes the status of moral norms, utilitarianism, deontology, distributive justice, cultural relativism, methods of ethics case workup, and ethics consultations and committees.
  • HMI 8565: Healthcare Ethics (3 credits) - analysis and discussion of topics in clinical ethics such as abortion, euthanasia, stem cell research, healthcare resource allocation, and relationships between clinicians and patients.

Elective Course Options - 6 credits

  • HMI 7567: Health Organizational Ethics (3 credits) - consideration of the morality of issues arising in the management of healthcare organizations, including moral responsibilities of healthcare organizations, codes of ethics, marketing practices, conflicts of interest, and obligations to employees and patients.
  • HMI 7566: Health Informatics Ethics (3 credits) - discussion of moral problems and controversies arising in the use and management of health information; issues include privacy and confidentiality, controversial documentation practices, use of decision support, and computer system errors.
  • HMI 8574 - Health Care Law (3 credit) - This is a survey course of the law as it affects health care administration and the delivery of health care generally. The course will touch on many legal subjects including professional and institutional liability, provider - patient relationships, transactional and structural issues of the health care delivery system, and individual rights.
  • HMI 8575 - Health Policy and Politics (3 credits) - This course has been designed to provide an overview of health policy in the United States, with a particular emphasis on the policy making process. The course will explore in some detail how the dynamics of the policy making process has shaped the outcomes of a number of important policy initiatives. Examples of both successful and unsuccessful policy initiatives will be discussed.
  • LAW 5615 - Health Care Law: The Doctor-Patient Relationship (3 credits) - An examination of the law governing the interactions between patients and their health care providers (doctors, hospitals and managed care organizations). The course will focus on rules governing the duty to treat, confidentiality, informed consent, medical malpractice liability, institutional vicarious liability, managed care liability, ERISA preemption and medical malpractice reform. As time permits, the class may also cover selected elements of public health law.
  • LAW 5380 - Bioethics Seminar (2 Credits) - An examination of some of the legal and ethical issues presented by modern medical science, such as the redefining of death, the withholding or refusal of life-sustaining medical treatment, reproductive technology (which raises issues such as paternity, custody, safety and access), organ transfer, genetic counseling and the public health issues raised by the AIDS epidemic. (Not available to students on probation, except for students classified as 3L students).
  • SOM 354 - Problems in Medical Ethics (5 credits) This elective experience will consist of a standardized curriculum reflective of core ethics issues as well as individualized content consistent with the clinical ethics interests of the student.
    • Course work: Assigned readings will serve as a platform for case discussion and dialogue about contemporary ethical and policy concerns in health care. Particular areas of emphasis will include end of life care, the Philosophy of Medicine, ethical theory, shared-decision making models, patient rights and consent. Students will meet weekly with faculty at the Center for Health Ethics for a minimum of 2 hours to review assigned readings as well as articles related to the student's area of interest.
    • Scholarship: There will be opportunities to do and assess skills in detailed case analysis and presentation. Readings and theoretical research will culminate in a serious academic product such as a poster, presentation, essay or publication, on a topic of interest related to clinical ethics and/or health care policy. The intensity of the experience will be dependent on the interests of the student.
    • Clinical: Students will work directly with a clinical ethicist and the consult service to field ethics consultation requests, including participation in clinical ethics consults. The student should be prepared to carry the ethics consultation pager a minimum of two weeks during a four week elective. The student will be required to attend the Clinical Ethics Committee meeting or work with the course directors to identify an equivalent experience, such as the Patient Rights and Organizational Ethics Committee, or the Palliative Care Committee meetings. Off campus experiences will also be encouraged when available.

Plan of Study, Schedule & Tuition Information

Required Courses Mode Semester Tuition
HMI 7564 (3) Online Fall every other year (2015) $347.30/hr
HMI 8565 (3) Online & Residential Online - Fall every other year (2016)
Residential - every Spring
$347.30/hr

 

Elective Courses Mode Semester Tuition
HMI 7567 (3) Online Spring every other year (2016) $347.30/hr
HMI 7566 (3) Online Spring every other year (2017) $347.30/hr
HMI 8574 (3) Residential or Executive Residential - Spring
Executive Fall
$347.30/hr
$750.00/hr
HMI 8575 Residential or Executive Residential - Spring
Executive Fall
$347.30/hr
$750.00/hr
LAW 5615 (3) Residential Spring $600.50/hr
LAW 5380 (2) Residential Spring $600.50/hr
SOM 354 (5) Residential Medical Students only Block Schedule

 

Example Online Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics Plan of Study

  • 1st Fall Semester: HMI 7564: Health Ethics Theory
  • 1st Spring Semester: HMI 7567: Health Organizational Ethics
  • 2nd Fall Semester: HMI 8565: Healthcare Ethics
  • 2nd Spring Semester: HMI 7566: Health Informatics Ethics

Example Plan of Study for Residential MHA Students

1st Fall Semester:

  • HMI 7564: Health Ethics Theory (online; counts as professional elective for MHA)

Spring Semester or Fall 2nd Semester:

  • HMI 8565: Healthcare Ethics (Spring residential or Fall online; counts as professional elective for MHA)

2nd Spring Semester:

  • HMI 8574: Healthcare Law (residential as part of MHA core courses)
  • HMI 8575: Health Policy and Politics (residential as part of MHA core courses)

Example Plan of Study for Executive MHA Students

1st Fall Semester:

  • HMI 7564: Health Ethics Theory (online)

2nd Fall Semester

  • HMI 8565: Healthcare Ethics (online)
  • HMI 8574: Healthcare Law (as part of executive MHA core courses)
  • HMI 8575: Health Policy and Politics (as part of executive MHA core courses)

The cost of the Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics will depend on each student's Certificate Plan of Study and individual situation (full-time student with assistantship, MU employee, etc.). For additional Plan of Study and tuition information, please contact Margaret Rossano, rossanom@health.missouri.edu.