Pharmacy — Pharm.D. with Bioethics — M.A.
Program director, Bioethics, School of Religion
Program director, School of Pharmacy
Michael D. Hogue
The faculty of the M.A./Pharm.D. combined degrees program is primarily drawn from Loma Linda University's School of Pharmacy and School of Religion.
Students are selected through a competitive process led by the School of Pharmacy in conjunction with the Bioethics Program. The School of Pharmacy academic dean recommends students, triggering a streamlined admissions process of the M.A. degree in bioethics. HSRT scores are accepted in lieu of the GRE for pharmacy students.
The M.A./Pharm.D. combined degrees program is designed to fit the schedule of Pharm.D. students. Loma Linda University has been a leader in bioethics education for health-care professionals for nearly half a century. The School of Pharmacy places a high premium on moral values and is a pioneer as one of the very few pharmacy schools in the nation to offer a Pharm.D./M.A. combined degrees program.
An M.A. degree in bioethics taken as a stand-alone degree requires 48 units in bioethics courses. However, the M.A./Pharm.D. combined degrees allows students to double count 25 units of the required 48 units as follows:
- Eight (8) units come from three courses in the pharmacy curriculum that are counted for M.A. degree in bioethics credit: a) RXSA 555 Epidemiology and Public Health, b) RXSA 547 Pharmacy Law, and c) RXSA 751 Social-Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice. Acceptance of these courses for M.A. degree credit requires an integrative, supplemental eight-page paper that relates the courses' content to bioethics.
- Eight (8) units come from the substitution of three School of Religion courses in the Pharm.D. curriculum with courses in the Bioethics Program because content is duplicated.
- Nine (9) units of additional credit come from three electives in bioethics taken by Pharm.D. students.
M.A. degree requirements
School of Pharmacy courses that apply to the M.A. degree in bioethics
|RXSA 555||Epidemiology and Public Health||3|
|RXSA 547||Pharmacy Law||2|
|RXSA 751||Social-Behavioral Aspects of Pharmacy Practice||3|
A model curriculum of bioethics course work taken throughout the four years of the pharmacy curriculum
|RELE 567||World Religions and Bioethics||3|
|RELE 565||The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Moral Aspects of Art and Illness||3|
|RELE 524||Bioethics and Society||3|
|RELE 588||Philosophical Ethics||3|
|RELE 545||Bioethics Case Conference I||1|
|RELE 568||Bioethics and the Law||3|
|RELE 515||Faith and Flourishing||3|
|RELE 566||Heroes of Health Care||3|
|RELE 589||Biblical Ethics||3|
|RELG 510||Christian Service||1|
|RELE 554||Clinical Ethics Practicum I||3|
|RELE 598||Master's Seminar I||3|
|RELE 555||Clinical Ethics Practicum II||3|
|RELE 599||Master's Seminar II||2|
|RELE 556||Clinical Practicum III||3|