Dentistry — D.D.S. with Bioethics — M.A.
Program director, Bioethics, School of Religion
Program coordinators, School of Dentistry
The faculty for the combined degrees program in Bioethics with Dentistry is drawn from Loma Linda University's School of Religion and School of Dentistry.
Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Dentistry in conjunction with the Bioethics Program. The School of Dentistry academic dean and dean of students recommend students, triggering a streamlined admissions process to the M.A. degree in bioethics curriculum. DAT scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE for dental students.
The combined degrees Bioethics with Dentistry Program is designed to fit the schedule of D.D.S. degree students. Ethics in dentistry is well-established at Loma Linda University. Loma Linda University's School of Dentistry is one of a select few dental schools in the nation known for expertise in ethical issues.
An M.A. degree in bioethics taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units. However, the M.A./D.D.S. combined degrees reduce the total units required by 12 units in the following manner:
- The 8 units earned from the following four 2-unit courses in the dental curriculum can be counted for credit toward the M.A. degree in bioethics: a) RELR 717 Diversity and the Christian Health Professional, b) DNES 794 Public Health Dentistry, c) RELR 715 Christian Dentist in Community, and d) DNES 851 The Dentist and the Law. In order for these 8 units to be counted toward the M.A. degree, the student must submit a supplemental eight-page paper that integrates the content of these four courses and relates the content to bioethics.These four courses have sufficiently similar content to bioethics that they warrant being applied to both the D.D.S. and the M.A. degree in bioethics, once the supplemental paper is approved.
- Four (4) units come from the deletion of RELE 734 Christian Ethics for Dentists from the combined degrees student's curriculum because its content is substantively duplicated in the Bioethics Program; and the deletion of a 2-unit religion selective from the dental curriculum, which will now be taken in the bioethics selectives.
M.A. degree requirements
The following courses from the D.D.S. curriculum will be counted double for the M.A. degree in bioethics once the supplemental papers, noted above, are approved.
|DNES 794||Public Health Dentistry||2|
|DNES 851||The Dentist and the Law||2|
|RELR 715||Christian Dentist in Community||2|
|RELR 717||Diversity and the Christian Health Professional||2|
A model curriculum of bioethics course work taken throughout the four years of the dentistry program
|RELE 588||Explorers of the Moral Life||3|
|RELE 566||Heroes of Health Care||3|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||4|
|RELE 564||Ethics and Health Disparities||3|
|RELE 554||Clinical Ethics Practicum I||4|
|RELE 567||World Religions and Bioethics||3|
|RELE 568||Bioethics and the Law||3|
|RELE 589||Biblical Ethics||3|
|RELE 598||Master's Seminar I||3|
|RELE 599||Master's Seminar II||2|
|RELE 565||The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Moral Aspects of Art and Illness||3|