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Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics

Brochure - Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics


The Executive Health Ethics Certificate program is ideal for working professionals such as physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators, those serving on hospital ethics committees or considering such health ethics issues in their daily employment, and students in the health professions. The Certificate program will help the learner develop an understanding of the ethical issues related to health and healthcare and will foster skill in analyzing and resolving ethical problems and conflicts in the healthcare environment.


The Department of Health Management and Informatics in partnership with the MU Center for Health Ethics offers an online Certificate in Health Ethics that requires completion of four graduate courses (12 credit hours):

Required Courses

  • HMI 7564: Health Ethics Theory (3 credit hours) - 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: Health Care Ethics (3 credit hours) - 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 Courses

  • HMI 7567: Health Organizational Ethics (3 credit hours) - 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 - 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.

  • Additional elective course offerings are listed here.

Click here for example plans of study.

Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

  • Official transcripts sent directly from each university or college attended.

  • A GPA of 3.0 or better for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.

  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.

  • A personal essay that (a) outlines the applicant's professional plans and career objectives, (b) explains how educational, work, or other experiences led to the decision to pursue a graduate certificate in health ethics, and (c) includes specific issues and challenges in health care that are of strong personal interest.

  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.

  • International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of at least 550 on the paper-based version, 215 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the internet-based version.

  • We do not discourage applications from potential applicants who fall short in one or more elements of the above standards but who believe they have the skills and motivation to do well in health ethics courses. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, the applicant may be granted "Conditional Acceptance" into the graduate certificate program.

  • Application fee of $45 for domestic applicants and $60 for nonresident international applicants.

  • An interview (either on-campus or by telephone) with program faculty may be requested.

  • Standardized test scores, such as the GRE, are not required for admission to the Health Ethics Certificate program.



Veronica Lemme
Coordinator of Student Recruitment & Admissions
Department of Health Management and Informatics
(573) 884-0698




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