The Jerome Lejeune Foundation launches a master’s degree program in bioethics

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation launches a master’s degree program in bioethics

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation in Spain has launched an online master’s degree in bioethics. Coordinated by Dr. Elena Postigo, the master’s program is offered to the entire Spanish-speaking world, and consists of 100 teaching hours on video, pdf materials, and personalized tutorials. Specialists Lopez Barahona, Jouve, Abellán and Poveda also contributed to the course.

“Today we are facing a perversion of science that assumes the right to end human life”, warns Elena Postigo, coordinator of the International Master in Bioethics of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation. “Since the 70s, we have advanced in technical and scientific capabilities, but have not grown at the same time in ethical, moral and anthropological attitudes about the role played by science, which is a double-edged sword being used for a clearly anti-human purpose.”

That is why the International Master’s in Bioethics of the Jerome Lejeune Foundation was born: “Those of us dedicated to bioethics have complied a thoughtful curriculum from scientific, rational, philosophical and legal points of view, demonstrating how science should be at the service of humanity. and not against the human individual,” says Elena Postigo.

Objectives of the Online Bioethics Master

This online master’s degree aims to offer postgraduate training in bioethics, based on an interdisciplinary vision that unites philosophy, basic research and legal sciences. The program is designed to be accessible to students who come from different areas of knowledge and wish to specialize in this area.

At the same time, the Jerome Lejeune Foundation wants to transmit to the student an objective and interdisciplinary knowledge that allows him or her to acquire the ability to analyze bioethical issues, look for solutions to ethical dilemmas, and insert himself in the professional world linked to Bioethics.

And, finally, the program will give the student the basic capacity (equipping him with the necessary tools and strategies) to develop research work in Bioethics.

Who is the Master’s in Bioethics designed for?

It is open to graduates in Medicine, Pharmacy, Nursing, Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Philosophy, Law, Sociology, Humanities, Teaching, Journalism, etc., as well as to all those interested in bioethics who are in possession of a Bachelor or University Degree.

What are some of the courses in the program?

There are different subjects that are taught by specialists in Bioethics worldwide. The main ones are the following: Fundamentals of Bioethics (Dr. Elena Postigo); Anthropology (Dr. Pilar Giménez); Bioethics and the beginning of life (Dr. Mónica López Barahona and Dr. Nicolás Jouve); Ethics and Morals (Dr. Francisca Tomar); Bioethics and Law (Dr. José Carlos Abellán); Bioethics and end of life (Dr. Jesús Poveda); Bioethics and Research (Dr. Jesús San Román) and, finally, the Research Report to be prepared by the student under the tutelage of one of the professors.

What is the format of the master’s program?

The master’s program has a duration of one year and is taught through an e-learning platform, which contains all the learning materials for the course. The master’s consists of 100 hours of lectures on video and more than 70 texts in pdf format.

Also, the student will have a tutor who will guide, support and advise throughout the master’s program.

Who teaches and organizes this program?

The Jerome Lejeune Foundation, which was created in 1995 in Paris by the collaborators, friends and relatives of Professor Lejeune, with the intention of continuing with medical research on intellectual disability of genetic origin. It also preserves the care, dignity and respect of people affected by trisomy 21 (Down syndrome) and other genetic anomalies.

In 2008, the foundation created the Jerome Lejeune Chair of Bioethics, with Dr. Mónica López Barahona as head, and headquarters located in Madrid, where training initiatives and the publication of works of scientific dissemination in the field of Bioethics have been developed.

The director of the International Master’s in Bioethics is Dr. Mónica López Barahona, and the coordinator of the same, Dr. Elena Postigo Solana, of the Francisco de Vitoria University (Madrid) and Academic Secretary of the Chair of Bioethics “Jerome Lejeune”.

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