Urban Bioethics

Temple University

48 months
1295 USD/credit
1295 USD/credit
944 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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Urban Bioethics at Temple University is a new and growing field that points a critical lens on the extreme inequalities of health and access to medical, legal, and other resources that leave many urban dwellers and communities distinctly disadvantaged, disenfranchised, and vulnerable. 


Program Overview

With its abundance of academic medical centers, Philadelphia should be one of the healthiest cities in the nation—yet health disparities persist in the city at levels surpassing national averages. Health status is especially troubling in North Philadelphia, where a disproportionately high number of residents suffer from preventable and treatable health conditions—and many battle chronic illnesses without health insurance. The interdisciplinary membership of Temple University’s Center for Bioethics, Urban Health, and Policy (CBUHP) includes community residents, faculty, students, and staff representing numerous schools within Temple University and the Temple University Health System, all working to improve health status for vulnerable urban populations and to position Temple University as a nationally recognized expert in the field of urban health and bioethics.

CBUHP is committed to defining and addressing the ethical challenges of urban health care, public health status, and policy. The M.A. in Urban Bioethics at Temple University, offered through CBUHP, trains students in the ethics and values of health, health care delivery, and health law and policy underlying the urban context of density, diversity, and inequalities. Coursework is practical, methodological, and theoretical. The degree is designed for Temple graduate students and area professionals who face, or will soon face, the complexities and disparities of urban health, and want specialized training in the ethics, values, and politics of health care in our increasingly multi-dimensionally diverse society.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Urban Bioethics 1 (Professional Students)
  • Urban Bioethics 2 (Professional Students)
  • Community Engagement I (Professional Students)
  • Community Engagement II (Professional Students)
  • The Values, Ethics, & Economics of Health Care Delivery in Urban Communities (Professional Students)
  • Critical Social Science and Urban Bioethics (Professional Students)
  • MA in Urban Bioethics Thesis (Graduate Students)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months
  • Part-time
    • 48 months

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32 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Research your graduate degree program
  • Complete online application
  • Submit your supporting credentials (Statement of Goals, Transcripts, Standardized Test Scores, Letters of Recommendation, Résumé, Portfolio, Audition or Interview)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline: A baccalaureate degree is required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1295 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1295 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1295 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1295 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    944 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 944 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.


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Urban Bioethics
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