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JD/MBE Bioethics: Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine

Legal and ethical issues in the health field have become increasingly complex and unmistakably current. Professionals versed in both fields are prepared to lead these debates and offer sophisticated solutions to problems with an inter-disciplinary knowledge base.

The Masters of Bioethics is an interdisciplinary degree offered by the Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy in the Perelman School of Medicine. This degree gives students broad exposure to the diverse topics and issues in contemporary Bioethics, excellently complementing the Law degree for those interested in careers in health law and in health and medical ethics policy.

Students can earn both degrees in three years. Penn Law gives credit for four (4) courses in Bioethics toward the JD. The Bioethics degree itself requires ten (10) courses, including five (5) pre-approved and relevant courses that can be taken at the Law School.

Students apply separately to each department. Applications to the Bioethics program are welcomed: 1) contemporaneously with the Law School application; 2) after acceptance to the Law School but prior to matriculation; or 3) after matriculation during the 1L year.

The Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy does not require a standardized test and Penn Law will accept either the GRE, GMAT or LSAT.

Additional Information:

For more information regarding this joint degree program and/or the application process, please contact:

  • Admitted or current JD students: Amanda S. Aronoff, Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs & Academic Options at
  • Applicants or prospective applicants to the Law School:
  • MBE (Bioethics) contact: Autumn Fiester, PhD, Assistant Chair for Education and Training in the Division of Medical Ethics at the Perelman School of Medicine.