What Can I Do with a Bioethics Degree?

Health care policy is a hot-button topic. The management, philosophy and deployment of health care systems differ greatly depending on where you are in the world. As new technologies and treatments emerge—and costs skyrocket—ethical questions abound: among them, end-of-life care, the responsibility of government to provide a health care safety net, and how to address disparate levels of care among different socioeconomic groups. A bioethics degree provides students with the training and tools they need to think critically in response to new and emerging health care issues and to educate others about ethical issues in health care.

For seasoned professionals, a bioethics degree is ideal for those looking to expand their area of competency in ethics or move into an administrative role within their organization. In Creighton University’s online MS in Health Care Ethics program, a diverse group of working professionals are enrolled each semester, including chaplains, nurses, physicians, lab technicians, hospice workers, hospital administrators and more.

Among the career options open to graduates with a bioethics degree are:

Medical Journalism

There’s no strict track for journalists to follow, nor is there licensing in most countries.1 Journalists come from diverse educational backgrounds with various levels of training. But beyond learning to write a great lede sentence, journalists must be well versed in the topics they cover, especially in the case of a subject as complex as bioethics. Medical journalism is an attractive job because journalists are on the front lines, talking to both experts in the field and health care consumers. It’s also not uncommon for medical journalists to influence legislative decision makers, and, ultimately, play a role in the adoption of new policies.

Salary: A medical journalist earns a median salary of $76,031 according to glassdoor.com. However with an advanced degree, medical writers earn closer to $94,000, according to the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Health Oversight Director

Charged with maintaining quality care standards and protocols, these directors help create policies for providing high-quality and compassionate treatment to patients, including low-income patients and at-risk communities. In this role it is important to be familiar with health care regulation and legislation, areas that are constantly in flux. The goal is to make sure that changing regulations do not negatively impact patients.

Salary: A public health care director earns a median salary of $80,482, according to payscale.com.

With Creighton University’s online Master of Science in Health Care Ethics degree, you will be prepared to tackle a variety of career opportunities that put you at the front lines of the bioethics challenges facing the health care community. Call 866.717.6365 to speak to an admissions representative or request more information online.


1 https://www.article19.org/pages/en/licensing-of-media-workers.html.