General Bioethics

Program Presentation

The General Bioethics course is an academic program aimed at training professionals specializing in the study and research in Bioethics.

The program follows a methodological multidisciplinary education from a scientific, anthropological and ethical approach. It intends to complement the theoretical handling of knowledge needed for the study of Bioethics. The program also includes a significant training component focused on research, based on knowledge and management of the triangular method of study typical of Bioethics.

From these two aspects, the student is then guided to the thematic development of the most relevant topics in the study and application of Bioethics, from its origins until today.

The General Bioethics course is an ideal supplement to enrich any undergraduate or graduate interested in specializing in the Area of Bioethics, specifically in the study of the basics of Bioethics, from the management of the main sources of knowledge, to the mastery of its discourse and the method of study for Bioethics.

Who is the programme for?

The proposed methodology and a clear and diverse curriculum makes the General Bioethics program designed for professionals interested in the study of Bioethics from its origins to its current state of development.

The subject of General Bioethics is an ideal addition for undergraduate or graduates interested in subjects from the Bioethical Area.


Successful completion of the Program will enable you to be awarded the degree in Specialization of GENERAL BIOETHICS.

After successfully completing the Program, the student will receive the degree as awarded by the University where they have enrolled.

Program Structure

The estimated length for the General Bioethics program is 350 hours (35 credits).

With regards to the distribution of time, it is established that:

  • Being an online program and not being subject to traditional class attendance, there is no established initial date so that students may enroll at any time subject to available spaces.
  • For academic reasons the Program has a minimum duration of six months.
  • The maximum time available for the Program is nine months. During this time, the student must have completed all assignments.

The credit structure of the General Bioethics program is shown in the following table:

Compulsory Subjects 25 6 250
Final Project 10 3 100
TOTAL 35 9 350

a. The equivalent value of credits can differ according to the university that awards the degree.
b. Length in months.


General objective:

  • To train specialists in Bioethics with emphasis on general training in knowledge of its discourse and methods, as well as managing the triangular method that characterizes it.

Specific objectives:

  • To train specialists to work with the three major knowledge sources: scientific, anthropological, ethical or moral.
  • To train specialists to have a good command of the triangular method of analysis, a multidisciplinary method typical of the Bioethical field.
  • To train specialists in Bioethics to gain a complete perspective from its foundations to the main areas of application and development.

Career Opportunities

The multidisciplinary nature of the program allows for different types of career paths. The three main groups suggested are:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Professional field consulting

Study Plan

The General Bioethics program has a curricular structure based on two sequential parts and a Final Project, with a total workload of 350 hours:

  • 1st Part: Subjects (250 hours).

The purpose of this first module is to introduce students to the general study of Bioethics. The topics provide the theoretical basis that serve as the foundation for knowledge of bioethical discourse and methods.

The corresponding subjects and hours are shown in the following table:
1 Scientific research methodology 50
2 Biology of the human body 30
3 General biotechnology 50
4 Anthropological foundations of bioethics 30
5 Ethical foundations of bioethics 30
6 General bioethics 50
7 Workshop 1 10
  • 2ndPart: Final Project (100 hours).
  2nd Part: Final Project Horas
1 Final Project 100

The last phase of the program is made up of the Final Project, which may be started prior to the end of the 1st Part: Subjects, since at that time the student will have gained the necessary knowledge to begin the project.

The objective is to present a comprehensive document that shows the total development of the proposed work, contemplating the possibility of its practical implementation, according to the guidelines and details of the submitted Final Project. The Project should be a contribution to the field or related topics, both theoretical and applied.


Academic Administration

  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Bioethics Platform. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja (CIBIR). Spain

Coordinación General Académica

  • Dr. Irma Domínguez Azpíroz. Academic Coordinator of the Health and Nutrition Area in FUNIBER.

Teaching staff and Authors

  • Dr. Roberto Andorno. Senior Research Fellow and Lecturer. Institute of Biomedical Ethics. University of Zurich. Switzerland.
  • Dr. Nicolás Jouve de la Barreda. Professor. Department of Cellular Biology and Genetics. University of Alcalá de Henares. Spain.
  • Dr. Martha Tarasco Michel, MD. Researcher. Faculty of Bioethics. University of Anahuac. Mexico.
  • Dr. Marta Albert Márquez. Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. University of Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid. Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Vivanco Sierralta. Platform for Bioethics Research. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain.
  • Dr. Luis Raez, MD. Associate Professor of Medicine. Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. University of Miami. Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. USA.
  • Dr. Jean Laffitte. Pontificia Università Lateranense. Italy.
  • Dr. Jacques Saudeau, MD. Scientific Section Director. Pontifical Academy for Life. Italy.
  • Dr. Gaetano Torlone. Medicine Facoltà di e de Chirurgia Plastica. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy
  • Dr. Elio Sgreccia. Centro di Bioethics. Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. Italy.
  • Dr. Alfredo Martínez Ramírez. Principle Researcher. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain.
  • Blanca Bartolomé, MD. Biomedical Research Center of La Rioja. Spain
  • Dr. Carlos A. Gómez Fajardo. Professor of Bioethics. Faculty of Medicine. Bolivian Pontifical University, Colombia. Faculty of Medicine. University of Sabana. Colombia.
  • Dr. Carlos Beltramo.Faculty of Education. University of Navarra. Spain
  • Dr. José Carlos Bermejo. Specialist in health humanization, in mourning and bioethics, Master Director in Counseling, a Postgraduate Course in Mourning, Humanization, in Management and Pastoral Care of the Health. Professor of the Ramon Llull University in Barcelona, Catholic University of Portugal and Rome, Author of numerous books and articles in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
  • Dr (c). Cesar Moreno. Faculty of Law and Social Sciences. University of Rey Juan Carlos-Madrid. Spain.
  • Dr (c). Jorge Olaechea. Faculty of Philosophy. Pontificia Università Lateranense. Italy
  • Dr (c). Montserrat San Martín. Faculty of Sciences, studies in agri-foods and informatics. University of La Rioja. Spain
  • Dr.(c) Vivian Lipari Zegarra. Doctoral Candidate. Master in Public Health from the University of Chile.

FUNIBER Training Scholarships

The Ibero-american University Foundation (FUNIBER) periodically delivers an economic baseline with extraordinary character for scholarships in FUNIBER Training.

To apply for it, you only need to send your application for a scholarship on the website’s main page with the required data, and the evaluation committee will examine the suitability of your candidature to be granted economic aid, in the form of a scholarship in FUNIBER Training.