One of the key features of the Diploma program is its field placement, which serves to bridge the theoretical and practical divide of ethical training.
The field placement makes up 6 of the 16 credit hours. Students are exposed to the real work environment, helping to ease the transition from university in to the career, and through their placements, they receive the invaluable experience of helping some of Newfoundland and Labrador's leading organizations deal with the ethical dilemmas they face on an ongoing basis.
For example, the Health Care Corporation and the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries indicated an interest in principle for providing field placements. Other organizations are also being approached (including the Department of Justice).
Field work in applied ethics takes many forms. In the health care sector, professionals are quite familiar with ethical problems and there is an existing and growing need for help in decision-making and policy analysis regarding such (as can be seen by the Health Care Corporation's Statement on Values, and their numerous ethical committees). Applied ethics problems include determining informed consent for care and research, deciding upon allocation of resources, interpreting professional codes of ethics and federal research guidelines, considering competing values in environmental use, etc.
The field placement requirement may be waived upon the discretion of the Program Coordinator for those students who have extensive professional experience in dealing directly with ethical issues. Students who have the field placement requirement waived will be required to complete 6 additional credit hours of elective courses or complete a major report on their ethical work experience.