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At SPS this fall, all courses, other than pre-established online courses, will be offered face-to-face in our New York City classrooms. Some of these face-to-face courses will be offered in the HyFlex format to ensure that all of our students can make progress toward their degree requirements, if faced with delays due to student visas or vaccination effectiveness wait times.
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Columbia University's Bioethics program offers five concentrations.

  • Clinical Ethics
  • Research Ethics
  • Global Ethics
  • Policy, Regulations, and Ethics
  • Biotechnology, Pharmaceutics and Ethics

Below is a list of suggested elective courses to follow each track. The program additionally offers electives offered through partner programs, departments, and schools with the larger Columbia University community.

Clinical Ethics

Research Ethics

Global Ethics

Policy, Regulations, and Ethics

Biotechnology, Pharmaceutics, and Ethics

Sample Electives Across Other Columbia Schools

Columbia's Bioethics program is multidisciplinary at its core, with partners and advisors from other schools within the university, ranging from law and public health to business and journalism.

  • Clinical Trial Methodology (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychiatry for Epidemiology and Public Health (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Vaccines: From Biology to Policy (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Introduction to Randomized Clinical Trials (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Well-Woman Gynecology: Clinical (2 points/credits, Nursing)
  • PDV Clinical Management & Leadership (3 points/credits, Nursing)
  • Clinical Practice with Populations, Clinical Intervention Modalities, and Professional Practice Issues (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Clinical Practice Evaluation (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Dementia (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Spirituality and Social Work Practice (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Research Ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research (1-2 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Pharma Commercialization (1.5 points/credits, Business)
  • Social and Economic Determinants of Health (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Ethnographic Methods in Health Research (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Data Analysis for Policy Research and Program Evaluation (3 points/credits, SIPA)
  • Aging: Issues, Policies, Research, and Programs (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Program Evaluation in Social Services (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Experimental Design and Analysis (4 points/credits, GSAS)
  • Applied Econometrics (3 points/credits, SIPA)
  • Globalization & Health Policy (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Health and Human Rights Advocacy (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Public Health and Humanitarian Action (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Global Health, Human Rights, and Ethics (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • The Law of Genocide (2 points/credits, Law)
  • Law, Culture & Notions of Justice (3 points/credits, Law)
  • Contemporary Issues & Innovations in Global Health Communication (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Introduction to Medical Anthropology (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Public Health Law, Ethics, and Emerging Issues (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles (1.5 points/credits, SIPA)
  • Jewish Law and Ethics: Biomedical Ethics (2 points/credits, Law)
  • Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights (3 points/credits, SIPA)
  • Using Data to Investigate Across Borders ([•] points/credits, Journalism)
  • Healthcare Finance (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Mental Health Policy (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Disability Law (4 points/credits, Law)
  • Public Health Law & Social Justice (3 points/credits, Law)
  • Mental Health Law Seminar (2 points/credits, Law)
  • Forecasting for Drug Development Strategy (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Investigating Health Care ([•] points/credits, Journalism)
  • Privacy, Consent and the Politics of Public Health Surveillance (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Social Welfare Policy (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Women and Social Policy (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • The Child, the Family, and the State (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Homelessness: Policy and Program Perspectives (3 points/credits, SSW)
  • Race, Drugs, and Inequality (4 points/credits, Interfaculty)
  • Health Information Technology (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Economics of Medical Technology (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Drugs, Devices & Public Health: Policy & Management Issues (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • The Business of Healthcare: Reform and Contemporary Issues (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • Beyond Motherhood (1.5 points/credits, Mailman)
  • New Media and Health (3 points/credits, Mailman)
  • The Technology, Business, Law, and Policy of AI (1 points/credit, Law)
  • Biotechnology Law (3 points/credits, Interfaculty)
  • Ethics in Biopharm Pat./Reg. Law (3 points/credits, Interfaculty)
  • Cybersecurity: Technology, Policy, and Law (3 points/credits, SIPA)
  • Biotech Development and Regulation Seminar (3 points/credits, Interfaculty)