Certificate in Hippocratic Healthcare Ethics

Hybrid | Deerfield, IL

The graduate certificate in Hippocratic Healthcare Ethics is designed with various groups of students in mind, including those who are presently—or aspire to be—physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, hospital chaplains, and other healthcare professionals and administrators, as well as those involved in medical education. The certificate is well-suited for those with professional or other responsibilities who desire a flexible 21-semester hour certificate grounded in the Hippocratic practice of healthcare and a firm commitment to a biblical worldview.

Additionally, this certificate is stackable as part of the MA/BE allowing all 21 credit hours to be included as part of the full master’s degree. By enrolling in online courses, remote learning, mentored and independent study work, and as few as one week-long courses on campus, the certificate can be completed without relocating near the Bannockburn, Illinois campus. Alternatively, nearly all courses can be completed as part of an on-campus option.

Should you choose to further your education in the MA in Bioethics program, the courses you take for this certificate will be counted toward your degree.

Certificate in Hippocratic Healthcare Ethics

Course Title Credits
BE 500


BE 5100

Introduction to Bioethics: Matter of Life and Dignity


Intensive Bioethics Institute

3 hours
BE 5002 Foundations for Cultural Engagement in Bioethics 3 hours
BE 5200 Research Ethics 2 hours
BE 5300 Clinical Issues in Bioethics 2 hours
BE 5500 Bioethics and Public Policy 2 hours
BE 6500 Advanced Bioethics Institute 3 hours
BE 6950 Bioethics Practicum 2 hours
BE 7300 Advanced Clinical Ethics 1 hours
Bioethics Capstone  
BE 7478


BE 7480

Bioethics Capstone Project


Bioethics Integrative or Major Paper

3 hours
Total Hours   21 hours

Mission Statement

The Graduate Certificate in Hippocratic Healthcare Ethics equips students to analyze ethical issues in healthcare from a distinctly Christian perspective.

Program Objectives & Outcomes

Students completing the Graduate Certificate in Hippocratic Healthcare Ethics will be able to:

  • Understand current and emerging bioethical issues in healthcare
  • Discern the differences among competing contemporary approaches to ethics and bioethics.
  • Employ biblical and theological foundations for addressing issues in bioethics.
  • Engage bioethical challenges specific to clinical healthcare and the contemporary practice of medicine.

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Additional Faculty

Paul J. Brown, PhD William P. Cheshire, MD
Todd Daly, PhD Russell DiSilvestro, PhD
Clarke D. Forsythe, JD Donna J. Harrison, MD
Dennis P. Hollinger, PhD C. Christopher Hook, MD
Nancy Jones, PhD C. Ben Mitchell, PhD
Cheyn D. Onarecker, MD Scott Rae, PhD
D. Christopher Ralston, PhD D. Joy Riley, MD
Joyce Shelton, PhD Mailee Smith, JD
Christian J. Vercler, MD