The Need for Ethics Training
Advances in patient care and medical technology have revolutionized the modern practice of medicine, but have created a whole set of ethical questions as well. What does it mean to be human? Who owns the life that I live? How should we make clinical decisions for our families and loved ones, for our friends, and for our society?
In spite of these complex new ethical questions, few universities provide in-depth training in ethical decision-making. A recent survey demonstrated that, while ethics consultation services were available in 83 percent of hospitals, only 5 percent of those who served as consultants or as members of ethics committees had any formal graduate training in ethics.
One ethicist commented on the study this way: “How extraordinary this data is, but also how troubling. Hospitals would never permit staff to engage in medical procedures for which they are untutored, untrained, and unsupervised. So how could they do so in these most delicate situations?”
To meet this challenge, Christian professionals in health, ministry, and social work must be thoroughly convinced of their spiritual ideals and their commitment to the human dignity, but must also be comfortable with cultural engagement across competing worldviews. While committed to absolute truth, such individuals must be more nuanced in their articulation of it, and more familiar with the “multilingual” approach to cultural engagement.
An understanding of ethics alone cannot make men good. Ultimately, our sense of values comes from a Higher Source, and is only possible as we are transformed by the Lord who made us. Christians who enter the helping professions enter a battlefield strewn with broken and hurting souls, and dare not do so without deep thought and abundant prayer.
Cedarville’s Graduate Certificate in Bioethics will provide this kind of much-needed training and perspective.
Who should consider the Graduate Certificate in Bioethics?
- Health professionals (doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and other medical professionals)
- Students preparing for health professions
- Hospital administrators
- Pastors and counselors
- Social workers
Cedarville University's Graduate Certificate in Bioethics will provide you with the tools for effective ethical reasoning and analysis of real-life problems from a distinctly Christian worldview. You will be challenged to:
- Evaluate and clarify bioethical issues as a Christian in a secular world.
- Make informed and balanced ethical decisions.
- Apply bioethical insights within a professional setting.