The Children's Mercy Center for Bioethics offers the only pediatric bioethics certificate program in the world. Students will become knowledgeable in pediatric bioethical issues such as the role of ethics committees, ethics consultations, futility and moral distress, end-of-life decisions, research ethics, and much more. See a map representing students' places of origin. The syllabus for 2014-2015 can be viewed here; please note there may be slight changes in 2015-2016.
The nine-month course begins in September and includes an intensive three-day session in Kansas City. For the rest of the year, students and faculty discuss assigned readings in an online discussion board and via conference calls and webinars. The program uses the online learning community CourseSites and the webinar program WebEx. Technology requirements include access to a webcam and audio capabilities to be involved in the webinars.
Applying for Course
We are now accepting applications for the 2016-2017 cohort. Applicants must cover travel expenses to Kansas City for the opening and closing sessions in September 2016 and May 2017 and the cost of books. Applications due March 1, 2016.
View the application (pdf).
Scholarships for Clinicians in Developing Countries
We have a limited number of scholarships for students in developing countries. In addition to sending in the program application and CV, scholarship applicants should send in two letters of recommendation and a one-page essay describing their interest in pediatric bioethics. Applications due March 1, 2016.
More information (pdf)
View the application (pdf)
About Kansas City
Kansas City is a vibrant metropolitan area. The Children's Mercy Bioethics Center is located in the Crown Center District and is connected to two adjacent hotels – the Crown Center Westin and the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. Children's Mercy Hospital offers a discounted rate for our students to both hotels.