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The Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values is currently not accepting applications for the Master of Arts in Health Care Ethics program or the Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Care Ethics program.

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The Department of Religion, Health, and Human Values is a practitioner-educator department and is a part of both the hospital and the university. As practitioner-educators, members of the faculty and staff are engaged in both the clinical delivery of care and the education of health care professionals. We provide the programs and resources for the study of human values,including ethics, spirituality, death and dying, as well as pastoral counseling and preparation for careers in health care ethics and clinical chaplaincy at Rush University. We are the home of Chaplaincy Services and the Ethics Consultation Service.

Program in Ethics

The Program in Ethics coordinates ethics education in the University, in a number of residency programs and in Ethics Grand Rounds. It offers courses in research ethics and clinical ethics, which are taught by highly qualified faculty, most of whom are clinically experienced ethicists. Through the program, the department offers an MA in Health Care Ethics and a Certificate of Graduate Study in Health Care Ethics. The Program in Ethics is coordinated with the Ethics Consultation Service in the Medical Center, which is available at all times to provide ethics consultations for Rush clinicians, patients and families.

Clinical Programs

The Department of Religion, Health & Human Values provides three levels of training in clinical pastoral education (CPE), with a quarterly internship program, a year-long residency and training in supervision. Students are involved in a clinically-focused program aimed at developing comprehensive knowledge and skills in pastoral care within large health care environments. Through didactic, clinical and integrative seminars, students explore the relationship between religious faith, meaning and purpose, and the behavioral sciences in the interpretation of the human condition. The CPE program is accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

Research Programs

Review the section on research in religion, health and human values to learn about the department's long tradition of excellence in scholarship.

Spiritual Assessment

Review the section on spiritual assessment to learn about the department's contributions in this important area of spiritual care.

Chaplaincy Services

Faculty, residents and interns provide 24-hour-a-day, 365-days-a-year chaplaincy services to patients, families/partners, and staff of the Medical Center. For more information, see the department's web pages on Rush University Medical Center's Web site for current and prospective patients and their families.


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