• Course Delivery
    100% Online
  • Total Credits
  • In-State Tuition Per Credit
  • Out of State Tuition Per Credit

The online graduate certificate in health ethics from MU is ideal for health care providers, administrators, ethics committee members and other health care professionals seeking advanced education opportunities. If you want to develop practical and clinical competencies in health care ethics, this may be the certificate for you. 

This graduate certificate has potential benefits for:

  • Anesthetists 
  • Biomedical engineers 
  • Chiropractors, dentists or optometrists 
  • Medical or health services managers 
  • Medical scientists 
  • Registered nurse or nurse practitioners 

Program structure and topics 

Delivery of this program is 100 percent online: no campus visits are required.Courses are semester-based. Students typically take two classes each semester and finish in one year. 

Course work covers:

  • Ethical issues in clinical practice 
  • How metaethics and normative ethics relate to situations and controversies in health care 
  • Use and management of health information, including privacy and confidentiality 
  • Codes of ethics, conflicts of interest and other management issues

Admissions & Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  3. If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test) or an IELTS score of at least 7.
  4. Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  5. Two references. Your application must include two letters of recommendation from professional colleagues. Supply names and contact details in the online application.
  6. Résumé or CV.
  7. Personal essay that (a) outlines your professional plans and career objectives, (b) explains how educational, work or other experiences led you to pursue a graduate certificate in health informatics, and (c) includes specific issues and challenges in health care that are of strong personal interest to you.
NOTE: This program is authorized, exempt, or not subject to state regulatory compliance and may enroll students from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.

To apply to this program:

This program has rolling admission and accepts students to matriculate in the fall or spring terms. We've listed the recommended application deadlines on this page.

Application Deadlines

July 1
December 1


  • *Required courses (6 credit hours)
  • HMI 7564Health Ethics Theory3 Credits

    An introduction to health ethics theory and methodology. We discuss metaethics and normative ethics theories, normative ethics in health ethics and methods of ethics case work up.

  • HMI 8565Health Care Ethics3 Credits

    Explores ethics issues and controversies facing clinicians and healthcare administrators. Topics may include end-of-life care, imperiled newborns, maternal-fetal conflict, procreative liberty, genetic screening and enhancement, organ procurement and allocation, rationing, public health, workplace relationships, and conflicts of interest.

  • *Electives (min. 6 credit hours)
  • HMI 7566HIPAA, Social Media and the Ethics of Health Information3 Credits
  • HMI 7567Health Organizational Ethics3 Credits
  • HMI 8574Health Care Law3 Credits
  • HMI 8575Health Policy and Politics3 Credits
  • INT_MED 6515 or HMI 8515Problems in Medical Ethics and Clinical Ethics Consultation Practicum3 Credits
  • LAW 5380Bioethics Seminar3 Credits
  • LAW 5615Health Care Law: The Doctor-Patient Relationship3 Credits

Tuition & Fees

Missouri Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $381.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1144.11
Missouri Non-Resident Fee Rates
  • Per Credit Hour
  • Tuition: $367.60
  • Fees: $13.77
  • Total: $381.37
  • 3 Credit Hours
  • Tuition: $1102.80
  • Fees: $41.31
  • Total: $1144.11
Tuition rates are subject to change.

What's it like to take a program online?

  • Earn a quality education online

    With more than 100 online programs to choose from across our four campuses, our online students have incredible access to career-advancing education. Our online courses are developed and taught by the same excellent faculty and instructors who teach the courses on campus. Whether you’re looking for an undergraduate education, graduate education, or a certificate program to further your career, one of our four campuses has an option to fit your needs.

  • Learning that fits your schedule

    Online learning provides students with the flexibility and freedom to attend classes whenever and wherever you are, in a way that is convenient for you. You can save time and money by being able to continue working and by avoiding relocation, travel and commuting costs. Courses must be completed in scheduled time frames, but in most cases, you can log in and complete course work whenever doing so best fits your schedule. Online education means learning on your terms – not the other way around.

  • Service you expect from a renowned University

    Our goal is to provide our online students with an excellent academic experience, without forcing you to make sacrifices in other areas of your life.

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