Master of Arts in

Bioethics & Science Policy

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Master of Arts in Bioethics & Science Policy Capstone Project

The capstone project is designed to demonstrate that a student has acquired extensive knowledge of current thinking in bioethics and science policy; has collected, synthesized, reported and critically reflected on these issues; and has developed competence in scholarly writing and procedures.

Duke Summer Capstone Project

Capstone projects can be either:

  • A research paper focusing on a specific subject in bioethics or science policy, including the history and analysis of modern issues related to the subject, or
  • A practicum — a field placement to gain practical experience, with a written report analyzing the experience and integrating concepts learned in the program

Note: Joint JD/MA students generally complete the practicum during the summer. International students may need additional approvals from Duke Visa Services before beginning a practicum.


A Quick Look at a Few 2019 Summer Practicum Projects

Cameron Fox will be working with the World Economic Forum’s Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Fransisco on a project to prepare emerging economies for the impact precision medicine will have on health policy, utilizing Rwanda as a model project.

Kellilyn Arnold will be working with the Defense Veterans Brain Injury Center at Fort Bragg, NC on a project to improve the care of service members who sustain mild to severe traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Specifically, she will be undertaking a project to assess the efficacy of a serum assay used to evaluate mild TBI. In addition, she will be working on how the recently modified Common Rule, which governs the conduct of clinic research by government agencies, applies to the military.

Sage Gustafson will be undertaking a landscape summary of state and regional science communication organizations to assess the strengths and weaknesses of the different organizations and to better understand the policy and organizational models that are supporting science communicators.

Rishita Yeduri will be working with the Global Women’s Health Technologies project at Duke Engineering School to evaluate the policy and ethical implications of a portable device (“the Pocket Colposcope”) used to screen for cervical cancer in women in rural populations and underdeveloped countries, who do not have access to the current clinic-based diagnostic technology.

Niko Porter will be doing a project on the use of DNA and familial DNA databases as a tool of Latin American migration policy, which will include working with the Bode Technologies forensics laboratory in Lorton, Virginia and the International Commission for Missing persons in The Hague, Netherlands.