Thank you for choosing the Bioethics Graduate Certificate at Cedarville University.
Whether you are a health care professional, social worker, pastor, or other interested student, I welcome you to this important field of study. With this training, you can influence the culture for wise decision-making in medicine and research, but also in daily life.
My name is Dr. Dennis Sullivan, a physician-ethicist. My original training was in general surgery, and I have served as an Army physician and a medical missionary. Due to a civil war in the country of Central African Republic, my family and I returned to the United States. Since 1996, I have taught human biology and bioethics here at Cedarville University, and I direct the University’s Center for Bioethics.
In five distinct online courses, our bioethics faculty will guide you through the basics of biomedical ethics. Though there is less formal structure, online courses require greater self-motivation and personal discipline than you may have experienced as an undergrad.
Please remember as well that these courses are taught at a graduate level, so there is more material to master. These eight-week courses are fast paced, so be sure to keep up. This will reduce your stress and maximize your personal benefit. As you progress, be sure to communicate with your course instructors. You may be able to arrange for alternate deadlines if life circumstances get in the way.
Please let me know if you have any questions. I am anxious for you to succeed, and to use your growing knowledge of ethics to minister in your professional and personal life.
Dennis M. Sullivan, M.D., M.A. (Ethics)
Director, Bioethics Graduate Certificate