Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

About the Department

Upcoming Events

Lecture: "Placebo Effects in Medicine" with Ted Kaptchuk

"Placebo Effects in Medicine" Lecturer: Ted Kaptchuk Professor of Medicine Director, Program in Placebo Studies Harvard Medical School This talk is sponsored by: Department of Psychiatry / Behavioral Sleep Medicine Program Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy The Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics (CCEB)

Enrolling Now: Mediation of Clinical Ethics Disputes

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy is now enrolling for an intensive workshop, Mediation of Clinical Ethics Disputers, that will take place Thursday-Sunday, August 4-7, 2016. Professional mediators possess a unique skill set applicable to the facilitation of difficult conversations between individuals in emotionally laden situations. An effective mediation…

Recent News & Scholarship

Interview with Jessica Martuccia about her new book 'Back to the Breast'

Jessica Martucci's fascinating new book traces the emergence, rise, and continued practice of breastfeeding in America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Back to the Breast: Natural Motherhood and Breastfeeding in America (University of Chicago Press, 2015) looks at the lives and work of scientists, nurses, medical researchers, lay groups,…
    • Jessica Martucci

The Power of an Empty Podium

The Republican National Committee and Fox News say there won't be an empty podium on the stage during the Iowa Republican debate to symbolize the absence of Donald Trump. The implication is that that's not fair game. In 1980, Jimmy Carter refused to appear in a League of Women Voters debate…
    • Jonathan Moreno, PhD

Is It Better to Die in America or in England?

WE frequently hear complaints about how people near the end of life are treated in America. Patients are attached to tubes and machines and subjected to too many invasive procedures. Death occurs too frequently in the hospital, rather than at home, where the dying can be surrounded by loved ones. And…
    • Zeke Justin

Insurer Rewards Push Women Toward Mammograms

A 53-year-old woman on Medicaid in Washington State who has never had a mammogram elects to get one in return for a $15 gift card. A 35-year-old woman in Florida chooses to get her first mammogram because her insurer, Aetna, offers a $50 payroll check. In Iowa, a 46-year-old woman who…
    • Harald Schmidt