Graduate Certificate: Urban Bioethics


About the Certificate

The Urban Bioethics graduate certificate program is designed for individuals confronting, or who anticipate confronting, health inequities in their work and are seeking specialized training in understanding and analyzing the ethics, values and value conflicts relevant to the urban setting. Students in the certificate program gain practical skills, theoretical orientations and resources to deliver better care. They are prepared to be innovators in research, care delivery, and policy and advocacy work.

The Urban Bioethics certificate program is a viable option for those who seek additional bioethics training but are unable to fully commit to the master's program or who wish to explore the field before applying to the MA program. Students who earn the graduate certificate have one year after being awarded the certificate to apply for the MA program and, if accepted, all certificate credits can be applied to the master's degree.

Time Limit for Certificate Completion: 4 years

Campus Location: Health Sciences Center

Full-Time/Part-Time Status: The graduate certificate can be completed on a part-time basis. NOTE: International students may not be eligible to apply for a student visa based on admission to the certificate program. Please contact the certificate's senior advisor for more information.

Non-Matriculated Student Policy: Non-matriculated students may take up to 9 credits of coursework before applying to the graduate certificate program. Credit toward a subsequent degree program at Temple University is limited to 9 credits. However, if the student completes the Urban Bioethics graduate certificate program, all 14 credits required to earn the certificate are applied to the MA in Urban Bioethics.

Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:
Applications are reviewed year-round for the graduate certificate program.

APPLY ONLINE to this certificate program.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: All applicants must present credentials that are the equivalent of the appropriate baccalaureate degree at Temple University. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all accredited institutions attended are required.

Resume: Current resume required.

Certificate Requirements

Number of Credits Required to Complete the Certificate: 14

Required Courses:

UBTH 5101Urban Bioethics 1 (Graduate Students)3
UBTH 5102Urban Bioethics 2 (Graduate Students)3
UBTH 5122Community Engagement I (Graduate Students)2
UBTH 5123Community Engagement II (Graduate Students)2
UBTH 5131The Values, Ethics, & Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities (Graduate Students)2
UBTH 5141Critical Social Science and Urban Bioethics (Graduate Students)2
Total Credit Hours14

GPA Required to be Awarded the Certificate: 3.0 minimum


Certificate Program Web Address:

Admissions Information:

Center for Urban Bioethics

Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University

3500 N. Broad Street, MERB Suite 324F

Philadelphia, PA 19140


Submission Address for Application Materials:

Mailing Address for Transcripts/Application Materials:

LKSOM Center for Urban Bioethics

ATTN: Catherine Averill

3500 N. Broad Street, MERB Suite 324F

Philadelphia, PA 19140

Department Contacts:

Director of Education:

Nora Jones, PhD


Assistant Director:

Providenza Loera Rocco, JD, MSW, MBE


Senior Advisor:

Catherine Averill, MA, MFA, PSM