The Capstone Experience

A mentored, hands-on capstone ethics experience complements the Master of Bioethics program, tailored to each student’s professional expertise and interests. Our program participants are paired with faculty who are actively working on the front lines of bioethics. 

Working in collaboration, students actually see and participate in the type of bioethics they will be practicing after graduation. They gain practical, real-life understanding applying what they've learned as they work alongside a bioethics leader in their area of concentration. 

Placement Options

Placement options for the program’s capstone experience are designed with the program Director and faculty to align with each student’s professional expertise and bioethics interest. Options include: 

  • Clinical Bioethics -- working in a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital with an ethics consultant, ethics support services, and clinical ethics committees. 
  • Research Bioethics -- working in a research compliance office; reviewing study protocols; attending IRB meetings; working with data safety monitoring boards and consent monitors 
  • Public Policy -- working with a state agency such as the Dept. of Children and Families, for example, on life-sustaining treatment decisions for children in foster care; or, working with the Dept. of Public Health on ethical aspects of crisis standards of care. 

All candidates will have the opportunity to tailor a field experience for their specific professional interests.

View the abstracts from Capstone Poster Session 2017 here.