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…

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The Ethics of Testing for Alzheimer's Disease

If you could have a blood test to find out your chances of developing Alzheimer’s, would you? And if that test revealed that you would be diagnosed with the disease in just a few years, what would you do? Would you consider ending your life before you becoming incapable of making decisions about the care you receive? While there is no effective treatment for Alzheimer’s, scientists are getting closer to identifying the markers and warning signs of the disease. But such testing raises interesting ethical issues for patients and their families, and health providers and researchers according to our guests, bioethicists Dena Davis & Jason Karlawish. 


Jennifer Ruger Elected as Member of the Council on Foreign Relations

Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD, MSc, MA, MSL, associate professor of Medical Ethics & Health Policy at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and senior fellow at the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, has been elected to membership on the Council on…
    • Jennifer Prah Ruger, PhD

How Are We Going To Live With Alzheimer’s Disease?

Alzheimer’s disease confronts us with an ethical challenge: How do we live with dignity and quality of life in the face of progressive disability and, ultimately, death? Patients’ cognitive and decision-making impairments often make them unable to answer this question, and when professionals who provide services for older adults fail to…
    • Jason Karlawish, MD