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Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

We are developing distance-learning courses in healthcare ethics for ethics consultants and ethics committee members.  If you are interested in learning more about the program, please email hlthethx@uw.edu. The program is now accepting applications.


This continuing education program’s goal is to prepare clinicians and healthcare professionals to provide ethics consultation and serve on ethics committees. Guided by the Core Competencies for Healthcare Ethics Consultation, the Advanced Training program provides students with foundational knowledge and skills to broaden their competency in clinical ethics and ethics consultation.

The curriculum includes three distance learning courses and a one week CME course, the Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics. Courses are designed to develop clinical ethics and ethical reasoning skills. Training can be completed in one academic year plus the one week Summer Seminar.

Each distance learning course will be 10 weeks. Students receive 6 hours/week of online instruction as well as participation in online discussions/activities. Students will spend 6 hours/week on independent preparation and assignments/quizzes.


Healthcare Ethics: Theory AUTUMN

  • This 10 week online course studies important historical theoretical frameworks that are the foundation of modern medical ethics, as well as contemporary commentary. September – December. 
    Instructor: Nancy Jecker, PhD

Healthcare Ethics: Law WINTER

  • This 10 week online course examines the relationship between bioethics and law. Analysis of paradigm legal and ethics cases and statutes related to informed consent, foregoing life support, confidentiality, and allocation of health care resources. January – March. 
    Instructors: Denise Dudzinski, PhD MTS Patricia Kuszler, MD JD  

Healthcare Ethics: Consultation Methods SPRING

  • This 10 week online course offers case-based practice in clinical ethics including methods of ethical analysis and writing ethics consultation chart notes. March – June. 
    Instructor: Georgina Campelia, PhD

Summer Seminar in Healthcare Ethics OFFERED ANNUALLY IN AUGUST

  • Annual one-week seminar provides an intensive, interactive introduction to the analysis of ethical problems in clinical care. The seminar is designed for physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, attorneys, teachers and other professionals involved in the care of patients or the education of providers. This is a CME course and is not eligible for tuition exemption. www.uwcme.org

Application Process 

We will accept applications at any time.  We have two application deadlines prior to the start of the autumn 2018 Advanced Training Program. 

Application deadlines:

Applicants will be notified by:

January 15, 2018

to be determined

August 15, 2018

to be determined

How to Apply

  • Click [here] for application

Two letters of reference are required.  Referees should review this website. Confidential Reference Letter form below:

  • Click [here] for Reference Letter form
    Note to referees…this form is confidential. Please download and fill in and submit directly to us at hlthrthx@uw.edu


Fees for the Advanced Training Program are $1,000 per credit hour ($4,000 per course).  The Summer Seminar is a separate fee, summer 2017 is $1,100. [application fee is waived this initial year of the program]

A certificate of completion is awarded by the Department of Bioethics & Humanities (not the graduate school). Department assures satisfactory completion; verifies completion of the three course series.


Who should apply for this program?

  • Participants who possess strong writing, critical thinking and verbal communication skills. GRE scores are not required.
  • Professionals in healthcare, including physicians, nurses, clergy, social workers, clinical ethics consultants and members of ethics committees
  • Not sure? Contact us. We’ll be happy to talk to you about Advanced Training in Healthcare Ethics

I just finished college and want to apply to medical school. Is this program right for me ?
Not yet. While we encourage you to pursue your interest in Bioethics as you proceed on your path through medical school, this program is not intended as an introduction to bioethics. This training is better suited to professionals already working in healthcare.
Contact Information:

Kay Burke, Assistant to the Chair
Email: hlthethx@uw.edu

Denise M. Dudzinski, PhD, MTS
Professor & Chair
Email: hlthethx@uw.edu



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