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JD/MA Program


Thank you for considering joining us as a learner in our program. We believe that the experiences and knowledge that you will gain by joining us will enhance your life, both personally and professionally.

The rapid growth in biotechnology, genetics, legislation, and mobility of populations has created a need for a rich education in health care ethics for those who wish to practice health law. The dual degree program will be of interest to law school students who wish to obtain contextual experience through a philosophically informed examination of the field. By offering the opportunity to complete the Master of Arts curriculum while enrolled in the University of Louisville Law School we hope to facilitate the concurrent completion of both degrees in a feasible timeline.

Our aim is to prepare students to work in clinical or hospital settings, and to undertake scholarly research or teach in the field of bioethics and medical humanities. Degree holders may participate in hospital ethics committees, teach medical ethics and humanities, understand the interaction of religion/spirituality and medicine, or be prepared for future doctoral level work in medical ethics and humanities.

Students will be exposed to theoretical underpinnings in health care ethics as well as real-time clinical moral decision-making. Our M.A. program is unique in its balance of disciplines offered, including a deliberate focus on the roles that concepts of race, gender, and culture play in moral reasoning. This focus gives students the opportunity to develop an ethically sound appreciation of difference and diversity wherever their careers may take them. 


We invite you to join us in this endeavor, to expand your background and to enrich your knowledge of medicine, ethics, and humanities through the J.D./M.A. program at the University of Louisville. 


Warm regards,

doukas.gif David J. Doukas, MD, Co-Director

kimball.gif Robert H. Kimball, PhD, Co-Director


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