Master of Bioethics (MBE)

Master of Science in Medical Ethics (MSME)

Minor in Bioethics

Jonathan Bush and Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel Discuss the Current State of Health Care

Recent Books

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Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana

No substance on earth is as hotly debated as marijuana. Opponents claim it’s dangerous, addictive, carcinogenic, and a gateway to serious drug abuse. Fans claim it as a wonder drug, treating cancer, anorexia, AIDS, chronic pain, glaucoma, arthritis, migraines, PTSD, and insomnia. Patients suffering from these conditions need—and deserve—hard facts based on medical…


Open Position: Bioethics Assistant Professor in Department of Medical Ethics & Health Policy

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania seeks candidates for an Assistant Professor position in either the non-tenure clinician-educator track or the tenure track. Track will be commensurate with experience. Responsibilities include 60% protected research time with minimal administrative…
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Apply Now: Penn Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics

University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy Penn Postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine invites applications for the postdoctoral Fellowship in Advanced Biomedical Ethics.  This 2-year Fellowship…
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Upcoming Events

Book Colloquium with Dr. David Casarett

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On October 13, our very own Dr. David Casarett will host a colloquium featuring his new book, Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana. This event is co-Sponsored by the Dept. of Medical Ethics, the Bioethics Minor, the Penn Bioethics Journal, and the Penn Undergraduate Bioethics Club. It will be…

Breaking Scholarship and News

MBE/JD Graduate Nicolle Strand Delves into Bioethics for Presidential Commission

Nicolle Strand L’13 always knew she wanted to work in bioethics. It was her major at Wellesley College, where she graduated in 2010, and she came to Penn Law to specifically to pursue a joint JD/MBE in bioethics. Now, after graduating with her JD/MBE, Strand is a research analyst at…
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Professionally Responsible Disclosure of Genomic Sequencing Results in Pediatric Practice

Genomic sequencing is being rapidly introduced into pediatric clinical practice. The results of sequencing are distinctive for their complexity and subsequent challenges of interpretation for generalist and specialist pediatricians, parents, and patients. Pediatricians therefore need to prepare for the professionally responsible disclosure of sequencing results to parents and patients and guidance…
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Science Underpins New Development Goals

Negotiators of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted last week in New York, have stressed the role of science in meeting the wide range of concerns that the new goals aim to address by 2030. More than 150 heads of state and government, as well as high-level representatives, attended the UN…
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Oncologists' Experiences and Attitudes About Their Role in Philanthropy and Soliciting Donations From Grateful Patients

Physician participation in philanthropy is important to marshal resources that allow hospitals to pursue their missions, but little is known about how physicians participate and their attitudes toward participation.  Institutions are asking physicians to directly solicit their patients for donations with variability in physicians' perceptions of the impact on relationships with…
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About the Department

The Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy is based in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Under the direction of Ezekiel Emanuel, MD, PhD, the Department stands as one of the world's premier institutions of research and education in biomedical ethics and health policy. The Department's distinguished faculty produce and disseminate scholarship and conduct programs in medical, graduate and undergraduate education in biomedical ethics.