Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

About the Department

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Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network by Jonathan Moreno

Impromptu Man is the story of an unlikely combination of ideas that have helped shape our time.  Seen through the colorful personality and long career of one of the 20th century’s great innovators, the psychiatrist and psychodrama founder J.L. Moreno, this epic history takes the reader from the creative chaos of Habsburg…


2014 Penn Bioethics Symposium

The Penn Bioethics Journal and the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy are proud to announce the inaugural Bioethics Symposium at Penn. This Symposium aims to educate and engage undergraduate students on the importance and scope of bioethics. Events range from traditional lecture-style speaker events, to panels on bioethics careers, to…

Peter Singer: The Life You Can Save

Peter Singer, author of The Life You Can Save and renowned Princeton professor, argues that we can, and should, donate to highly cost effective charities to improve the health and well being of the world’s poor. Peter Singer is one of the most well-known living philosophers and a leader of the…

Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network.

Jonathan D. Moreno in conversation with Arthur L. Caplan Moreno is the author of Impromptu Man: J.L. Moreno and the Origins of Psychodrama, Encounter Culture, and the Social Network.  Jonathan D. Moreno is a philosopher, historian, and the author and editor of numerous seminal books, including MindWars: Brain Science…

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Issues continue to dog the testing of Ebola drugs and vaccines

At a U.S. congressional hearing today that examined the country’s public health response to Ebola, an official from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said it’s working to develop “a flexible and innovative protocol” to evaluate experimental treatments for the disease. The fact that no such common protocol already exists speaks…
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Connie Ulrich: Listen to nurses who blow the whistle on shoddy Ebola care

Nurses often know the ethically correct course of action but cannot carry it out because of administrative fear of retaliation or other constraints. This is called moral distress, and nurses want to leave their jobs because of it.Read Letter
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Mark Attiah: The New Diversity in Medical Education

During my pediatrics rotation, the mother of a patient waited until the attending physician had left the room before she lowered her voice, smiled, and asked, “Are you wearing your hoodie for Trayvon?” She didn't know what city I was from, what faith I belonged to, or what tax bracket I…
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