Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

About the Department

Featured Projects

    • Reinventing American Health Care

New book by Ezekiel Emanuel: Reinventing American Health Care

The definitive story of American health care today—its causes, consequences, and confusions. In March 2010, the Affordable Care Act was signed into law. It was the most extensive reform of America’s health care system since at least the creation of Medicare in 1965, and maybe ever. The ACA was controversial and…
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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…
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The Scattergood Program for the Applied Ethics of Behavioral Healthcare

ScattergoodEthics is dedicated to education, research, and resource development for the field of psychiatric, mental, and behavioral healthcare ethics. The program engages in scholarly research, trains and educates clinicians and scholars in mental and behavioral healthcare ethics, sponsors programs and public events, and promotes and advocates for greater attention to the…
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Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Project

The Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity Inspired by scholastic advancements in the Humanities on matters related to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) studies, whereby a distinct field of queer studies has been created, this project aspires to take the next step for the benefit of LGBTQI…

Events

Shocked: Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead

Please join us Thursday October 9 at 6:30 PM for an evening lecture/reception for Shocked:  Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead, the book that reviewers are calling “fascinating” (The New York Times) “engaging” (Chicago Tribune) and, perhaps inevitably, “electrifying” (Booklist).  This event will be held at…

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…

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Why I Hope to Die at 75

Seventy-five. That’s how long I want to live: 75 years. This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy. They think that I can’t mean what I say; that I haven’t thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the…
    • Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD

Evaluating Novel Therapies During the Ebola Epidemic

The Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak in West Africa poses acute and novel challenges for health policy and research ethics. Faced with an exceptionally virulent infectious agent, limited resources, and danger to health workers, local and international authorities struggle to deploy proven public health techniques that can limit the spread of the…
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SHOCKED Adventures in Bringing Back the Recently Dead; By David Casarett M.D.

Order Your Copy “Casarett’s inquiry makes for entertaining, informative, and at times, electrifying reading.” —Booklist Not too long ago, there was no coming back from death.  But a little electricity, applied to the heart in just the right way, has changed all that.  Now death has become just another serious complication.…
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Revolutionary Ideas: An Introduction to Legal and Political Philosophy 

Alexander Guerrero

Begins September 21, 2014

Political and legal institutions are built on foundational, philosophical ideas--ideas about freedom, equality, justice, and happiness. In this course, we will explore those ideas, taking the institutions around us not as fixed and unquestionable, but as things to evaluate and, if necessary, to change.