Medicine — M.D. with Bioethics — M.A.
Program director, Bioethics, School of Religion
Program liaison, School of Medicine
The faculty for the combined degrees Bioethics with Medicine Program is drawn from Loma Linda University's School of Religion and School of Medicine.
Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Medicine in conjunction with the Bioethics Program. Selection is based upon the standard admission criteria for the M.A. degree in bioethics minus the GRE because the MCAT includes a critical-thinking component.
An M.A. degree in bioethics taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units in bioethics courses. However, the M.A./M.D. combined degrees student is able to reduce the total units required by sharing 18 units between the two programs in the following manner.
- 12 units from three courses in the medical curriculum count as credit toward the M.A. degree in bioethics: a) MDCJ 538 Medical Neuroscience , b) PSYT 526 Psychopathology, and c) PRVM 517 Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine. Acceptance of these courses for M.A. degree credit requires an integrative, supplemental eight-page paper that relates the courses' content to bioethics. The rationale: These three courses in medicine have sufficiently relevant content to bioethics that they academically warrant being applied to the M.A. degree in bioethics requirements.
- 3 units come from three School of Religion courses: a) RELE 708 Medicine and Ethics, b) RELE 714 Advanced Medical Ethics, and c) the deletion of one RELT course from the medical student's combined degrees curriculum because its content is substantively duplicated in the Bioethics Program. (Students are informed of the combined degrees option at the beginning of their first year and are encouraged not to take RELE 708 Medicine and Ethics during Autumn Quarter if they are contemplating the combined degrees program. The School of Medicine's determination about student acceptability for the combined degrees program can be made immediately after Autumn Quarter grades are posted.)
M.A. degree requirements
The following courses from the M.D. curriculum will be double counted for the M.A. degree in bioethics once the supplemental papers, noted above, are approved.
|MDCJ 538||Medical Neuroscience||3.5|
|PRVM 517||Lifestyle and Preventive Medicine||4|
|RELE 708||Medicine and Ethics||1|
|RELE 714||Advanced Medical Ethics||2|
A model curriculum of bioethics coursework taken throughout the four years of medical school
|RELE 588||Philosophical Ethics||3|
|RELE 568||Bioethics and the Law||3|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||3|
|RELE 589||Biblical Ethics||3|
|RELE 554||Clinical Ethics Practicum I||3|
|RELG 510||Christian Service||2|
|RELE 545||Bioethics Case Conference I||1|
|RELE 598||Master's Seminar I||3|
|RELE 555||Clinical Ethics Practicum II||3|
|RELE 556||Clinical Practicum III||3|
|RELE 566||History of Health-Care Ethics||3|
|RELE 599||Master's Seminar II||2|