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Dual Degree: Master of Science in Bioethics and Master of Public Health

Prepare for a leadership role in bioethics and public health.

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Columbia University’s Master of Science in Bioethics and Master of Public Health Dual-Degree Program prepares professionals to take leadership roles:

  • as public health professionals who can develop, deliver, and evaluate public health services grounded in a strong foundational knowledge in bioethics and 
  • as bioethicists who have a thorough understanding of issues that affect health at public and individual levels.

Program Features include:

  • Full-Spectrum Career Services | Gain access to both the SPS Career Design Lab and the Columbia Mailman School Office of Career Services, which offer lifelong support.
  • In-Person or Online Classes | Complete the Bioethics portion fully online, fully in-person, or through a combination of online and in-person study.
  • Specialized Career Opportunities | Cross-disciplinary training in public health and bioethics can expand your knowledge and skills and broaden your career prospects.
  • Global Alumni Networks | Become part of two global alumni networks.
  • Options to Pace Your Study | Complete the program in as little as two years or up to four years.
  • Columbia University Resources | Develop a network across Columbia institutes and centers affiliated with both schools.
  • An Advanced Cohort | Join an elite network of highly motivated professionals.

Graduates of the dual-degree program will be prepared to address questions including:

  • How do we balance individual rights with the interests of the public at large?
  • What ethical implications must be considered when public health leaders conduct research or enact initiatives?
  • How can and should healthcare systems and policies promote justice and address inequalities?
  • How do we as a society best promote the health of our citizens?

How Does it Work?

  1. Obtain M.P.H. admission and M.S. admission separately.

  2. Complete M.P.H. coursework full-time at Columbia Mailman during your first two terms. Three MPH courses will count toward your M.S.

  3. Complete all M.S. coursework at SPS—full-time or part-time, online or face-to-face.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the dual-degree program advance their careers at a range of organizations, including:

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Governmental Agencies
  • Academic Settings
  • Public Health
  • Research Labs 
  • Pharmaceutical and Biotech Companies
  • Hospital Administration
  • Healthcare and Healthcare Consulting

Sample Full-Time Schedule

The University reserves the right to withdraw or modify the courses of instruction or to change the instructors as may become necessary.

Year One (35 points)
- Fall — Columbia Mailman (16.5 points) Spring — Columbia Mailman (15.5 points) Summer — School of Professional Studies (3 points)
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Foundations of Public Health
(1.5 points)

Leadership Development
(1.5 points)

Public Health Practicum
(0 points)

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Research Methods and Applications
(5 points)

Integration of Science and Practice
(1.5 points)

Bioethics elective(s)
(3 points)

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Biological and Environmental Determinants of Health
(2.5 points)

Departmental requirements and electives, including Ethics of Public Health
(12.5 points)

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Social, Behavioral, and Systems Approaches to Public Health
(1.5 points)

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Global and Developmental Perspectives, Policies, and Programs
(2 points)

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Health Systems
(2.5 points)

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Integration of Science and Practice
(1.5 points)

Year 2 (28 points)
- Fall — School of Professional Studies (13 points) Spring — School of Professional Studies (15 points)
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K5320 Philosophy of Bioethics
(3 points)

Law and Bioethics
(3 points)

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K5450 Research Ethics
(3 points)

Introduction to Clinical Ethics
(3 points)

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Bioethics elective(s)
(3 points)

Global Bioethics 
(3 points)

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Public health electives, Mailman School
(4 points)

Bioethics Master’s Thesis or Master’s Thesis Workshop and Master’s Thesis 
(3 points)

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Public Health Departmental Capstone Project 
(3 points)

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