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Bioethics

Bioethics: Introduction

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Lead Faculty

Public Health

Participating Degree Programs

Health Administration—MHSc
Health Policy, Management and Evaluation—MSc, PhD
Law—LLM, SJD
Medical Science—MSc, PhD
Nursing Science—MN, PhD
Pharmaceutical Sciences—MSc, PhD
Philosophy—MA, PhD
Public Health Sciences—MPH, MSc, PhD
Rehabilitation Science—MSc, PhD
Religion—MA, PhD
Social Work—PhD
Women and Gender Studies—​MA

Overview

The graduate units listed above participate in the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics at the master's and doctoral levels.

Applicants with an interest in bioethics register in one of the graduate units associated with the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements of the participating home department and the collaborative specialization, students receive the notation “Completed Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics" on their transcript and parchment.

Contact and Address

Web: jcb.utoronto.ca​
Email: jcb.ea@utoronto.ca
Telephone: (416) 978-1906
Fax: (416) 978-1911

Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics
Joint Centre for Bioethics (JCB)
University of Toronto
Suite 754, 155 College Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 1P8
Canada

Bioethics: Master's Level

Admission Requirements

  • Applicants to the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Students interested in the master's programs apply to both the collaborating graduate unit and the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics. Applications for admission to the collaborative specialization are considered only after admission to the collaborating graduate unit. If a student applies to more than one unit, a copy of each file must be submitted to the collaborative specialization at the contact above.

  • Visit the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics' website for the application form and details about supporting documentation. The application must be accompanied by:

    • ​​​​​​application form

    • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)

    • up-to-date copies of all transcripts

    • a one-page letter of intent

    • two letters of reference.

  • Where a thesis is required, an email or note from the proposed supervisor indicating willingness to supervise the student should be submitted to the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics at the contact above. The JCB website lists faculty and bioethicists who are available for advice relating to research proposals.​

Specialization Requirements

  • Students will be expected to meet the requirements of the home graduate unit as well as those of the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics. Students should check with their home graduate program whether the collaborative specialization course requirements may be counted towards the degree.

  • Students must complete:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​SRM 3333Y, a credit/no credit graduate seminar series in bioethics.

    • PHL 2145H, a review of the philosophical foundations of bioethics. Students who have completed an equivalent graduate course in philosophical bioethics may apply to the Program Director to have this requirement waived.

    • Bioethics-related 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE), normally from the suggested list below.

  • Master's programs require either a thesis or equivalent research project as determined by the home unit. The thesis will be supervised by a thesis committee comprising a supervisor and two other members, at least one of whom is identified as an affiliated Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics faculty member. The thesis is evaluated according to the procedures and standards of the home graduate unit and must fall within the broad area of bioethics. Non-thesis projects require supervision; requirements for such projects will be determined by the home unit.

Bioethics: Doctoral Level

Admission Requirements

  • ​Applicants to the collaborative specialization must apply to and be admitted to both the collaborative specialization and a graduate degree program in one of the collaborating departments.

  • Students interested in the doctoral programs apply to both the collaborating graduate unit and the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics. Applications for admission to the collaborative specialization are considered only after admission to the collaborating graduate unit. If a student applies to more than one unit, a copy of each file must be submitted to the collaborative specialization at the contact above.

  • Visit the Collaborative Specialization Bioethics' website for the application form and details about supporting documentation. The application must be accompanied by:

    • ​​​application form

    • an up-to-date curriculum vitae (CV)

    • up-to-date copies of all transcripts

    • a one-page letter of intent

    • two letters of reference

  • For the doctoral thesis, an email or note from the proposed supervisor indicating willingness to supervise the student should be submitted to the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics at the contact above. The JCB website lists faculty and bioethicists who are available for advice relating to research proposals.

Specialization Requirements

  • Students will be expected to meet the requirements of the home graduate unit as well as those of the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics. Students should check with their home graduate program whether the collaborative specialization course requirements may be counted towards the degree.

  • Students must complete:

    • ​​​​​​​​​​​SRD 4444Y, a credit/no credit graduate seminar series in bioethics.

    • PHL 2145H, a review of the philosophical foundations of bioethics. Students who have completed an equivalent graduate course in philosophical bioethics may apply to the collaborative specialization director to have this requirement waived.

    • Bioethics-related 0.5 full-course equivalent (FCE), normally from the suggested list below.

  • All doctoral candidates must complete a thesis. The thesis will be supervised by a thesis committee comprising a supervisor and normally two other members, at least one of whom is identified as an affiliated Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics faculty member. The thesis is evaluated according to the procedures and standards of the home graduate unit and must fall within the broad area of bioethics.

Bioethics: Courses

Please note that these courses are not offered every year. Consult each unit's website for details.

Health Policy, Management and Evaluation

​​HAD 5011H
​Canada's Health Care System and Health Policy​​
​HAD 5306H
Introduction to Health Services Research and the Use of Health Administrative Data​​
​HAD 5741H
Health Law and Ethics​
​HAD 5768H
International Perspectives on Health Services Management​
​HAD 5771H
Resource Allocation Ethics​

Law

Participation in LAW courses is at the discretion of the Faculty of Law upon presentation, to the Faculty of Law Records Office, of a signed permission form from the student's home department. Note that preference is given to JD students and that many LAW courses are full by the end of the Faculty of Law add/drop period.

​LAW 267H
Health Law and Bioethics​
​LAW 388H
Public Health Law​
​LAW 582H
​​Privacy, Property, and the Human Body​​

​Nursing Science

​NUR 1021H
​Nurs​ing Ethics

​Philosophy

​PHL 2131H
E​thics​
​PHL 2132H
Seminar in Ethics​
​PHL 2133H
Topics in Ethics​
​HPS 1105H
Philosophy of Medicine​

Public Health Sciences

​CHL 3001Y
​Core Topics in Bioethics
​CHL 3002Y
​Teaching Bioethics
​CHL 3003Y
​​Empirical Approaches in Bioethics
​CHL 3004Y
​Ethics and Health Institutions
​CHL 3051H
​Research Ethics
​CHL 5111H
Qualitat​ive Research Methods​
​CHL 5121H
Genomics, Bioethics,​ and Public Policy​
​CHL 5401H
Epidemiology Methods I​
​CHL 5411H
​International Health
​JRH 51​24H
​Public Health Ethics​

Rehabilitation Science

​REH 3120H
​International Issues in Disability and ​Rehabilitation​​

Religion

RLG 2018H
Religion and Bioethics​​​

Social Work

​S​WK 6308H
Designing and Implementing Quantitati​ve Social Work Research​​