Office of the Registrar
School of Graduate Studies (2014/2015)
17.2 Program of Study
  1. The Master of Health Ethics degree is offered by full or part-time study. Candidates may choose one of three program options: (1) Thesis option, (2) Non-thesis, Capstone Project option, (3) Non-thesis, Research Papers option. It is anticipated that full-time students will complete the program in four semesters in accordance with Table I - Master of Health Ethics Recommended Course Sequence for Full-Time Students.

  2. The program of study is the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee composed of a Supervisor and at least two other faculty members. It is the responsibility of the Supervisory Committee to meet regularly (at least annually) with the student and to provide guidance at all stages of the candidate’s program. An annual report prepared by the Supervisor and signed by the student and all members of the Committee is required to be submitted to the Assistant Dean of Research and Graduate Studies (Medicine).

  3. All candidates must complete the following course requirements:

    1. MED 6800, MED 6801, and MED 6808

    2. 3 elective courses (9 credit hours) chosen in consultation with the Supervisor. Elective courses may be selected from the elective courses listing below (excluding MED 6820, 6821, 6822, and 6825) or from other courses approved by the Supervisor.

  4. In addition, all candidates must complete a Health Ethics Practicum (MED 6815). The practicum will include three placements during the semester in which it is taken, one in each of the following areas of health ethics: clinical ethics, research ethics, and health ethics policy. Each placement will be approximately four weeks in length and students will be required to devote a minimum of 40 hours in overall placement activities. All course work identified above must be completed prior to initiation of the practicum.

  5. Students must also complete one of the following in accordance with the program option to which they have been admitted:

    1. A thesis, submitted in accordance with the General Regulations, Thesis and Reports of the School of Graduate Studies.

    2. Three Health Ethics Research Papers (represented as MED 6820). Research topics will be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the Supervisor. Students must register for the course MED 6820 in every semester during which they are completing one or more of the Research Papers necessary to satisfy this requirement. A grade of NC (No Credit) will be awarded in all semesters prior to the final semester. A grade of ‘B’ or better is required in each of the three required Research Papers in order to successfully complete this requirement and receive a grade of ‘Pass’ in the final semester. Each paper will be evaluated by the supervising faculty member and another faculty member qualified to evaluate the work.

    3. A Health Ethics Capstone Project (MED 6825). The Capstone Project will be chosen in consultation with, and approved by, the Supervisor. Students must register for the course MED 6825 in every semester during which they are completing the Capstone Project. A grade of NC (No Credit) will be awarded in all semesters prior to the final semester. The completed Capstone Project will be evaluated by the supervising faculty member along with a representative of the external organization for which the project was undertaken.

Table I - Master of Health Ethics Recommended Course Sequence for Full-Time Students

Semester

Courses

Fall

  • MED 6808 Introduction to the Canadian Health System
  • MED 6801 Important Cases in Health Ethics
  • Elective Course

Winter

  • MED 6800 Health Ethics Theory
  • Elective Course
  • Elective Course

Spring and Fall

MED 6815 Health Ethics Practicum, and one of the following:

  • MED 6820 Health Ethics Research Papers
  • MED 6825 Health Ethics Capstone Project
  • Thesis