July 30, 2014
The University of Mary announces the development of a new degree, Master of Science in Bioethics, which will be offered in partnership with the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC). Mary becomes one of a select few Catholic universities in the U.S. to offer a master's of science program in bioethics and the first in North Dakota.
|Students and professionals interested in the Master of Science in Bioethics program at the University of Mary may contact Dr. Rohr for more information at [email protected] or (701) 355-8113, or visit www.umary.edu/bioethics.|
"There is a pressing need to form Catholic professionals in the field of bioethics, and we're proud to be developing this program side by side with an experienced and trusted leader such as the NCBC," said University of Mary President, Monsignor James Shea. "We're at a critical time in our culture. We need systematic formation of health care professionals who are able to apply the Catholic moral tradition to challenging contemporary issues. The University of Mary is answering the call from the Church to work toward establishing a culture of life which respects and safeguards human dignity."
This comprehensive program will benefit thousands of other professionals and specialists around the world in a wide array of venues such as churches, health care facilities, ethics committees, biomedical and biological research facilities, universities and government, to name just a few.
"It is exciting that the University of Mary is expanding its identity to include Bioethics," said Dr. Karen Rohr, associate professor and new director of Bioethics and Faculty Formation at the University of Mary. "As health care professionals, we encounter complex ethical issues on a daily basis. Technological advances are making it imperative that healthcare providers understand and manage emerging ethical dilemmas as they occur and have the skills to guide patients, families, clinicians, and ethics committees toward resolution. Clinicians need a structured approach to dealing with ethical questions in their day-to-day practice. The Christian, Catholic and Benedictine mission of the University of Mary in partnership with the NCBC provides a framework grounded in faith and reason for developing this structured approach."
The NCBC Certification program in Health Care Ethics uses the Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic Health Care Services, issued by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, as the organizing framework for their certification. The University of Mary will offer 12 graduate credits for students and professionals who complete the NCBC Certification. Participants first attend one of the two-day seminars held in three cities across the United States - Sept. 12-13, New Orleans, LA; October 3-4, Philadelphia, PA; and Oct. 31 - Nov. 1, Bismarck, ND. Students then interact independently with an instructor through a series of four learning modules that are provided over the one-year period. The modules begin September 1, 2014.
Students and professionals interested in the Master of Science in Bioethics program may contact Dr. Rohr for more information at [email protected] or (701) 355-8113, or visit www.umary.edu/bioethics.