LECOM to Offer Master's Degree in Biomedical Ethics

LECOM Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics program will train healthcare workers to better understand cultural and social differences and improve patient care.

December 20, 2017

More than ever before, healthcare professionals are encountering cultural and social attitudes, values, and beliefs that may differ from their own personal perceptions. This makes it increasingly necessary that healthcare workers rmly grasp how to deal with these differences while providing care that mitigates risk and results in best medical outcomes. As the medical industry strives to improve healthcare delivery for patients, organization leaders will need to be prepared to develop, implement, and measure policies and practices that enhance treatment for people from different cultures according to the rights afforded them.

Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has developed the Master of Science in Biomedical Ethics (MSBE) distance-education program to ll the need for exceptionally prepared healthcare personnel. The MSBE helps healthcare workers develop cultural competency in today’s diverse healthcare environment and demonstrates how ethics education leads to behavioral changes that result in a higher level of professionalism and the delivery of top-quality, patient-centered care. LECOM is accepting students for online classes beginning in January of 2018.

Candidates for the MSBE program include physicians, executives, administrators, researchers, mid- level practitioners, nurses, chaplains, clergy, educators, social workers, healthcare advocates and others in the health delivery industry. The MSBE program provides the skills needed to successfully relate to patients and engage them in the course of their own care. This program will benet those seeking enhanced training for positions in health care compliance, patient-care management, risk management, and in medical research as well as palliative care and end-of-life care positions providing expert, ethical care to patients and their families. 

This program is competency-based learning delivered in an interactive, online environment via EthAssist®, a dynamic web-based distance education platform developed by The Institute of Consultative Bioethics (ICBioethics). The program is designed to be exible and responsive to students’ needs, new challenges, and the evolving demands of healthcare education.

The MSBE program is specically designed to provide exibility for busy working professionals and current students looking to earn their MS in Biomedical Ethics in 18 months or 24 months. It covers critical ethics functions that are essential for successful patient engagement and for the ability to respond to all regulations and compliance policies. For more information, email msbeinfo@lecom.edu .

In just 25 years, the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine (LECOM) has grown to become the largest and one of the most affordable medical colleges in the country. Enrollment in the College of Osteopathic Medicine, School of Pharmacy, School of Dental Medicine and Master’s Degree Programs has surpassed 4100 students at campuses in Erie and Greensburg, Pa. and Bradenton, Fla. More than 10,000 LECOM graduates are providing health care to patients across the United States. The College of Osteopathic Medicine and School of Pharmacy attract more applicants than any other program in the country by offering innovative, student-centered and affordable degree programs. LECOM medical college tuition is the second lowest private college tuition in the country and LECOM consistently ranks in the top ten programs for graduating primary care physicians. In addition to providing healthcare providers to serve patient needs, the College also offers master’s degree programs to prepare professionals who can run the business of health care, serve the patient’s best interests and teach future physicians, pharmacists and dentists.

LECOM is the core of an osteopathic academic health center. LECOM Health is a highly innovative health care and education system that strives to add to the quality of life of our neighbors by bringing total health care to the community. Members of LECOM Health include the College, Millcreek Community Hospital, Corry Memorial Hospital, the clinical practices of Medical Associates of Erie, LECOM Senior Living Center, LECOM Senior Living Communities, LECOM Medical Fitness and Wellness Center, LECOM Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Lifeworks Erie, and Visiting Nurses Association of Erie County.

As LECOM continues to contribute to health and wellbeing for everyone, it looks forward to continued growth and preparation of future healthcare providers to provide quality care for generations to come.

About ICBioethics and EthAssist®
The Institute of Consultative Bioethics (ICBioethics) is a provider of comprehensive, customizable, knowledge delivery software and coaching/consulting services that support healthcare and the academic organizations that train healthcare professionals. The company’s primary product, EthAssist®, is customized in both content and delivery style, to suit the needs of clients who seek not only knowledge acquisition and skills development, but also the pursuit of purposeful habits and behavioral changes that enhance their professional integrity and the quality of the patient-centered care they provide. For more information visit www.icbioethics.com