The Department of Health Management and Informatics in partnership with the MU Center for Health Ethics offers a Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics, which may be completed completely online or through articulation with graduate or professional coursework in either the residential or executive modes.

The health ethics certificate prepares students to understand the ethical issues clinicians face in healthcare services delivery. It is important for managers to know the real-world issues faced by physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals. Examples are decision-making capacity, informed consent, end of life care, and patient information confidentiality.

While there are multiple educational offerings which may result in certificate acquisition, students must complete a minimum of 12 credit hours from the approved list below.

Health Ethics Certificate Courses

Required - six credits

  • • HMI 7564: Health Ethics Theory
  • • HMI 8565: Healthcare Ethics

Elective Course Options - six credits

  • • HMI 7567: Health Organizational Ethics
  • • HMI 7566: HIPAA, Social Media, and the Ethics of Health Information
  • • HMI 8574 - Health Care Law
  • • HMI 8575 - Health Policy and Politics
  • • LAW 5615 - Health Care Law: The Doctor-Patient Relationship
  • • LAW 5380 - Bioethics Seminar
  • • INT_MED 6515 or HMI 8515 - Problems in Medical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation Practicum

For course descriptions, see Current students may check MyZou for up-to-date schedule information.

Apply to the Health Ethics Graduate Certificate Program

Non-degree (post-baccalaureate) students apply to the Graduate Certificate Program in Health Ethics by completing and submitting the Graduate Studies online application. The application and admission requirements include:

  • A minimum of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from each university or college attended.
  • A GPA of 3.0 or better for all undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  • A personal essay that (a) outlines the applicant's professional plans and career objectives, (b) explains how educational, work, or other experiences led to the decision to pursue a graduate certificate in health ethics, and (c) includes specific issues and challenges in health care that are of strong personal interest.
  • Two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues.
  • International students whose native language is not English must submit test scores from TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) of at least 550 on the paper-based version, 215 on the computer-based version, or 100 on the internet-based version.
  • We do not discourage applications from potential applicants who fall short in one or more elements of the above standards but who believe they have the skills and motivation to do well in health ethics courses. At the discretion of the Admissions Committee, the applicant may be granted "Conditional Acceptance" into the graduate certificate program.
  • Application fee of $65 for domestic applicants and $90 for nonresident international applicants.
  • An interview (either on-campus or by telephone) with program faculty may be requested.
  • Standardized test scores, such as the GRE, are not required for admission to the Health Ethics Certificate program.