Application Deadlines


Applications are due by
June 14, 2019


Prospective students must be admitted to one of the 12 collaborating graduate units before applying to the CSB program.


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Education: Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics (CSB)

Introduced in 1994, the Collaborative Specialization in Bioethics (CSB), a research-stream graduate program, has admitted more than 130 students and graduated over 90. The 12 participating graduate units are: Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (GDPS), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Institute of Medical Science (IMS), Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education (KPE), Faculty of Law (LAW), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (NUR), Department of Philosophy (PHL), Department for the Study of Religion (RLG), Rehabilitation Sciences Institute (RSI), Faculty of Social Work (SW), and Women & Gender Studies Institute (WGS).


The CSB's intellectual focus is to prepare graduate students for specialization in bioethics, with an emphasis on innovative research drawing from themes in the humanities, law, social sciences, natural and health sciences, reflecting the truly interdisciplinary nature of bioethics. The goal is for students to contribute original research by applying the methods of empirical, legal and/or philosophical scholarship to bioethical issues related to health and the delivery of health care, to the practices of health care professions, to the conduct of health research or to the development of health policy.


The academic objectives of the CSB include:

  • to develop and enrich educational and research opportunities in bioethics for students within the disciplines represented by the participating graduate units;
  • to provide experience in multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and interprofessional education and research;
  • to provide students interested in bioethics with a common learning experience, and a network of mentors and peers;
  • to prepare students who will specialize in bioethics with an emphasis on innovative interdisciplinary research and scholarship in bioethics;
  • to train scholars whose primary goal is to contribute original research in bioethics.