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Bioethics

Gain training in the critical physician skills of ethical judgement, professionalism and leadership as you prepare for your future in medicine.

Lead with humanity

Bioethics encompasses the moral, ethical, legal and social issues physicians face in medicine. As you prepare for your career as a health care leader, a foundation in bioethics will prepare you with attitudes and beliefs that are rooted in ethics and humanity. 

During the final 18 months of your medical education, you have the opportunity to take online electives that will complete a 12-credit certificate in bioethics. With training in bioethics, you will be prepared to facilitate informed decision making in the face of complicated health and human service problems. The certificate emphasizes practice-based implications for health-related decision making, with particular focus on professionalism and medical ethical issues that arise in rural and underserved settings. The certificate will prepare you to be a responsive and confident physician and equip you with leadership skills that will further benefit you as you enter residency and practice.

Gain an ethical foundation that will prepare you to be a responsive, grounded and confident physician with a certificate in bioethics.


Degrees & Offerings

Bioethics

Certificate
  Vermillion Main Campus

The bioethics certificate is available to medical students. This program provides you with training in ethical judgment, professionalism and leadership.

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Basic Biomedical Sciences

Housed in the state's only medical school, the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences creates an environment of innovative and interdisciplinary research aimed at examining human disease.

Faculty & Staff

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences. Our faculty are experts in their field, specializing in cancer biology, cardiovascular, entomology, human genetics, infectious disease, microbiology, and neuroscience among other areas.
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William Mayhan

Dean, Basic Biomedical Science
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Daniel Bird

Assoc Dean of Basic Sciences
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Keith Hansen

Chair, OB/GYN
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Timothy Soundy

Chair, Psychiatry
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Denise Arrick

Instructor
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Edward Bagu

Assistant Professor
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Stephen Bambas

Instructor
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Lee Baugh

Associate Professor
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Maria Bell

Professor
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Pam Bernard

Accounting Assistant
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Sara Bird

Mgr, USD Body Donation Prog
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Brian Burrell

Professor
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Indra Chandrasekar

Assistant Professor
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William Chen

Assistant Professor
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Bruce Cuevas

Associate Professor
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Luci Drapeau

BRIN Tribal College Coord
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Donis Drappeau

Crd, Diversity & Pipeline Prog
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Scott Druecker

Assistant Professor
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Erik Ehli

Associate Professor
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Randy Faustino

Assistant Professor
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Xuesheng Feng

Clinical Associate Professor
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Kevin Francis

Assistant Professor
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Jessica Freeling

Dir, Physiology Research Core
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Taylor Soderling

Assistant Professor
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Barb Goodman

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Kurt Griffin

Associate Professor
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Victor Huber

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Michael Kareta

Associate Professor
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Joyce Keifer

Professor
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Curtis Kost Jr.

Associate Professor
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Damon LeaderCharge

Director of Tribal Outreach
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Lance Lee

Associate Professor
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Yi-Fan Li

Professor
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Kaijie Ma

Research Associate III
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Lisa McFadden

Associate Professor
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Pasquale Manzerra PhD

Asst Dean, Med Student Affairs
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Gerald McGraw

Assistant Professor
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Mike Olson

Fabrication Technician
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Assistant Professor
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David Pearce

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Wendy Pederson

Graduate & Educ Manager
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Diane Penfield

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Jose Pietri

Assistant Professor
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LouisJan Pilaz

Assistant Professor
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Steven Powell

Associate Professor
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Khosrow Rezvani

Associate Professor
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Patrick Ronan

Associate Professor
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Kyle Roux

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Jackie Rubida

BBS Personnel Assistant
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Alexei Savinov

Associate Professor
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Arun Singh

Assistant Professor
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William Spanos

Associate Professor
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Kameswaran Surendran

Associate Professor
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Jianning Tao

Assistant Professor
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Paola Vermeer

Assistant Professor
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Xuejun Wang

Director
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Hongmin Wang

Professor
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Jill Weimer

Professor
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Hong Zheng

Assistant Professor

Surprisingly Affordable

Whether you’ve recently completed your undergraduate degree, or you want to kick your career up a notch, graduate school is the next logical step. The good news is there is funding for both online and on-campus students to get you through your program. 
GA (Resident*)
Online
Non-Resident
Tuition (1 cr.)
180.3
340.15
470.45
654.05
GAF Fee (1 cr.)
55.3
55.3
0
55.3
Total

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Tuition rates are subject to change and may vary depending on the program or department. Visit the Graduate Tuition & Costs page for more information.

* Graduate Assistant (GA) rates are available for resident, non-resident and online students.

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