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Study Bioethics at Otago

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Overview

New birth technologies, genetic modification of organisms, patient confidentiality and environmental concerns are some of the diverse topics explored in the field of Bioethics. There is an increasing recognition of the need to expand our understanding of the ethical issues being raised by advances in medicine, health care, science and technology and by changes in society.

The Bioethics Centre, established at the University of Otago in 1988, aims to encourage and coordinate teaching and research in ethics, to stimulate informed public debate and to provide a consultation and resource service for health professionals and others in the community. As New Zealand's only centre for applied ethics, the Centre offers you unique opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate study in Bioethics.

Students come from a range of academic disciplines - including Law, Nursing, Medicine, Science, Philosophy and Theology.

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Contact details

Email bioethics@otago.ac.nz
Website otago.ac.nz/bioethics

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Qualifications

Papers

See the full list of Bioethics (BITC) papers.

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Programme Requirements

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Bioethics

Papers

A candidate, with the approval of the Board of Graduate Studies in Health Sciences, may substitute alternative papers to the value of 30 points.

The Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences (PGDipHealSc) endorsed in Bioethics is available through Distance Learning.

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Master of Health Sciences (MHealSc) endorsed in Bioethics

  • BITC 401 Theories of Biomedical Ethics
  • Papers to the value of 60 points chosen from:
  • Further approved paper(s) to the value of 30 points
  • A thesis (120 points)
  • Note: A candidate, with the approval of the Bioethics Board of Studies, may substitute alternative papers to the value of 30 points.

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