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The University of Miami Ethics Programs are a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center in Ethics and Global Health Policy. It is one of six in the world, initially designated in 2008 and re-designated in March 2012.. According to the WHO definition, a WHO Collaborating Center is:

  “...an institution designated by the Director-General of WHO to form part of an inter-institutional collaborative network set up by WHO in support of its programme at the country, intercountry, regional, interregional and global levels, as appropriate. But there is more to it than that. In line with the WHO policy and strategy of technical cooperation, a WHO collaborating centre must also participate in the strengthening of country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development.”

As a Collaborating Center, the University of Miami’s Ethics Programs are working with colleagues in around the world on education, curriculum development and other projects.

Terms of Reference for the Collaborating Center

1. To collaborate with WHO/PAHO in the sponsorship, organization and/or delivery of conferences, workshops and special programs on issues and challenges at the intersection of ethics and global health care and policy.

2. To collaborate with WHO/PAHO in the identification and development of curricula and other resources in research ethics, ethics and epidemiology, public health and other topics as needed.

3. To collaborate with WHO/PAHO in the advancement of international understanding of ethical and policy issues arising from research, development and use of information and communication technologies.

4. To contribute to WHO/PAHO’s efforts in capacity building in ethics and public health, and to develop networking with other collaborating centers, institutional partners, and experts

Meetings of the Collaborating Centers
28 May 2014
Network Meeting

15 July 2013
Network Meeting

14-15 June 2012
Network Meeting
New York

18-19 August 2011
Network Meeting

26 May 2010
Network Meeting

2-3 May 2009

26 April 2009
Network Meeting

Other WHO Collaborating Centers in Ethics


Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto

Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

University of Zurich Institute of Biomedical Ethics

Columbia University Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health

Other WHO Resources