Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

About the Department

Recent Books

    • Reinventing American Health Care

Reinventing American Health Care by Ezekiel J. Emanuel

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…


Intensive Workshop in Clinical Ethics Mediation

The Penn Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy is hosting an Intensive Workshops in Clinical Ethics Mediation: Thursday-Sunday, May 28-31, 2015. The 4-day workshop will run from 9:00-5:00 each day. The Penn Clinical Ethics Mediation Program has offered over 25 intensive workshops since the program's launch in May 2010.…

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Multigene Cancer-Susceptibility Tests Require New Approaches to Patient Counseling

Multigene panel (“multiplex”) gene tests for cancer susceptibility can save time compared to sequential targeted-gene tests, and are becoming more widely used. Many see them as an inevitable and important step toward genomics-based cancer prevention. But it is too soon for multiplex tests to be offered broadly as a routine part…
    • Angela Bradbury

Randomized Trial of Four Financial-Incentive Programs for Smoking Cessation

We randomly assigned CVS Caremark employees and their relatives and friends to one of four incentive programs or to usual care for smoking cessation. Two of the incentive programs targeted individuals, and two targeted groups of six participants. One of the individual-oriented programs and one of the group-oriented programs entailed rewards…
    • Scott Halpern