Graduate Degree - Bioethics, Humanities, and Society - Master of Arts

Program:
Bioethics, Humanities, and Society - Master of Arts
Program Code:
2834 Bioethics,Humanities & Society
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Master of Arts
Start Term:
FS03
End Term:
SS09
College:
College of Human Medicine
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College of Human Medicine

Bioethics, Humanities, and Society - Master of Arts

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts degree program in bioethics, humanities, and society focuses on the social and humanistic dimensions of health and illness. The goal of the program is to foster an interdisciplinary understanding of health care in its humanistic and social contexts.

The program is designed to appeal to persons:

  1. with experience in health–related fields who wish to explore the humanistic and social dimensions of health at the graduate level.
  2. who anticipate advanced graduate study in the medical humanities or social sciences, but who are undecided as to the disciplinary direction that they will pursue. Such persons should be aware that course work in a discipline beyond that which is included in the bioethics, humanities, and society program may be required for admission to graduate study in that discipline.
  3. who wish to combine other graduate–professional programs with the program in bioethics, humanities, and society.

Students who are enrolled in other graduate or graduate–professional programs may enroll in the introductory master’s course in the bioethics, humanities, and society program (Human Medicine 820) as an elective.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Human Medicine, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Admission

To be considered for admission to the Master of Arts degree program in bioethics, humanities, and society, an applicant must:

  1. Have the results of the Graduate Record Examination General Test forwarded to the program office.
  2. Have three faculty who are able to address the applicant's academic background and/or professional experiences submit letters of recommendation to the program office.
  3. Submit to the program office a 500–750 word statement that addresses the two areas of concentration within the degree program that the applicant wishes to pursue.
  4. Submit to the program office a writing sample, preferably an essay or other product that reflects the degree of the applicant's familiarity with an issue in one of the two areas of concentration within the degree program that the applicant wishes to pursue.

To be admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in bioethics, humanities, and society on regular status, an applicant must have a bachelor's degree that reflects academic background in at least one of the two areas of concentration within the degree program that the applicant wishes to pursue.

Students are admitted to the Master of Arts degree program in bioethics, humanities, and society for Fall semester only.  Applications received after the deadline for a given year are held for possible consideration at a later time if space in the program becomes available.

Requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Bioethics, Humanities, and Society

The program is available under Plan A (with thesis) and Plan B (without thesis).  A total of 30 credits is required for the degree.  The student's program of study must be approved by the director of the program in bioethics, humanities, and society. Each student must select a primary area of concentration from among the following: epidemiology, history of medicine, literature and medicine, medical anthropology, medical sociology, nursing, philosophy of medicine and bioethics, or social work. Areas of concentration are subject to change. Students may construct other areas of concentration with the approval of the director of  the program in bioethics, humanities, and society.

In Plan A, the thesis committee shall consist of three regular Michigan State University faculty with no more than two from the same academic discipline or department. In Plan B, the examination committee shall consist of two regular Michigan State University faculty at least one of whom is appointed in a discipline represented by the student’s primary area of concentration.

Students must fulfill the requirements specified below:

  1. Plan A (with thesis)
    a.    The following course (3 credits):
            HM 820 Humanistic and Social Perspectives on Health (3)
    b.    A minimum of 15 credits in a primary area of concentration (15)
    c.    A minimum of 6 credits outside the primary area of concentration, in support of the thesis (6)
    d.    The following course (4 to 6 credits): 
            HM 899 Master's Thesis Research (4 to 6)
    e.    Pass an oral certifying examination on the topic of the thesis. This examination will be administered by the thesis committee. The
           thesis must reflect an integration of more than one disciplinary perspective beyond the disciplinary perspective of the student’s 
           primary area of concentration.
  2. Plan B (without thesis)
    a.    The following course (3 credits):
            HM 820 Humanistic and Social Perspectives on Health (3)
    b.    A minimum of 12 credits in a primary area of concentration (12)
    c.    A minimum of 8 credits outside the primary area of concentration (8)
    d.    Successfully complete a research paper on a topic in bioethics, humanities, and society by enrolling in and passing HM 898 
            Master's Research. The student's examination committee must approve both the paper topic and the final submitted paper
            (1 to 3)