The Bioethics Program is a university-wide entity dedicated to education, research and community service in bioethics and related disciplines. Established in 1991, Bioethics was the founding component of UM’s multi- and inter-disciplinary Ethics Programs. Projects operating under the Bioethics Program umbrella include:
Bioethics Program faculty conduct or help conduct courses, seminars, conferences and symposia at all three University of Miami campuses and throughout Florida. On the medical campus, Program faculty share responsibility for ethics education of medical and science graduate students. On the Coral Gables campus, Program faculty teach in or collaborate with colleagues from the Departments of Philosophy, Business Law, International Studies, Religious Studies and Psychology, and the Schools of Nursing, Journalism and Communications and Law. On the Marine campus, Bioethics Program faculty serve on the advisory board for the National Institutes of Health environmental health and science center, contribute to course development and are responsible for education in the responsible conduct of science.
Bioethics Program faculty conduct training sessions and provide ethics consulting services to hospitals and other health care organizations throughout the region.
The Bioethics Program’s research emphasizes ethics and health computing (including bioinformatics), ethics and public health and epidemiology, and ethics and occupational and environmental health. Additional highlights: Faculty have collaborated with with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on development of a training program in research ethics; the Institute of Medicine on a study of “Strategies to Protect the Health of Deployed U.S. Forces”; the New York-based Choice in Dying organization on a project to study medical student education; and other organizations.
The Program collaborates with a variety of community, government, religious and other organizations. Faculty provide expertise to the state’s Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, and Department of Health, and to a variety of community health organizations. Program faculty have been active in working, under a National Institutes of Health grant, with the Miami-Dade County Department of Health on a project in environmental ethics, as well as with a range of government and community organizations on a variety of projects and educational efforts.