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  • Albert Gnaegni Center for Health Care Ethics
    Associated School: St. Louis University
    Description: The Albert Gnaegi Center for Health Care Ethics (CHCE) is an institution committed to excellence in teaching, service, and research in the field of bioethics. They offer a Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics to prepare individuals for careers in academic, corporate, research and clinical bioethics settings. The CHCE faculty provide mentoring and guidance to enable students to achieve their individual learning goals as they pursue the Ph.D. in Health Care Ethics. Students may choose to specialize in biotechnological, clinical, professional, organizational or research ethics. Students may also choose from three dual-degree programs in bioethics. The CHCE is also committed to research as the faculty and students regularly publish in health care and bioethics, and many of the faculty members have held grants from multiple institutions.
  • Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota
    Associated School: University of Minnesota
    Description: The mission of the Center is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care and the life sciences. The Center carries out this mission by conducting original interdisciplinary research, offering educational programs and courses, fostering public discussion and debate through community service activities, and assisting in the formulation of public policy. The Center is open to all points of view regarding moral values and principles. Its research reflects a strong belief in combining the strengths of various disciplines and professions. When possible, empirical data and clinical findings are integrated with normative analysis.
  • Center for Bioethics, University of Pennsylvania
    Description: The Center for Bioethics is an interdisciplinary, interprofessional unit of the University of Pennsylvania Health System in Philadelphia. The Center's mission is to advance scholarly and public understanding of ethical, legal, social and public policy issues in health care. Center faculty conduct research on key issues in bioethics, and are especially concerned with ethical issues in genetics, pediatrics, critical care, health policy, human experimentation and long-term care.
  • Center for Christian Bioethics
    Associated School: Loma Linda University
    Description: "The Center for Christian Bioethics, which opened its doors in January of 1984, enhances teaching, research and service in biomedical ethics and related fields at Loma Linda University."
  • Center for Clinical Bioethics
    Associated School: Georgetown University
    Description: The Center for Clinical Bioethics provides university-based ethics resources for individuals that shape and give health care. They are committed to the dynamic interplay between theory and practice, experience, and reflection. The Center scholars bring expertise in theology, philosophy, basic science, and clinical practice to today's ethical challenges. They seek to promote serious ethical reflection and discourse in pursuit of a just society and health care that affirms the dignity and social nature of all persons. The Center for Clinical Bioethics is integral to the academic program of Georgetown University. The faculty of the Center holds appointments in clinical and academic departments of the University. The University offers the MD/Ph.D. and Master of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) programs in the Medical Center. The Ph.D. in Bioethics is offered through the Philosophy Department of the University.
  • Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care
    Associated School: University at Buffalo
    Description: The Center for Clinical Ethics and Humanities in Health Care was established in 1994. It is a multi-disciplinary center which coordinates a variety of clinical and academic activities in the Western New York area.
  • Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences
    Associated School: Michigan State University
    Description: "The Center is committed to supporting reflective practice in health care and in science, by bringing to these fields the resources of ethics and the humanities. We do this through teaching, writing, public speaking, conducting research and working in many other ways with students, practitioners, and the general public."
  • Center for Health Policy and Ethics
    Associated School: Creighton University
    Description: The center for Health Policy and Ethics (CHPE) is a multidisciplinary group of scholars dedicated to the study and teaching of ethical dimensions of health care and health policy. The CHPE offers an online Master of Science in Health Care Ethics program. This program provides students with a comprehensive introduction to the field of bioethics and is designed to address the ethical dilemmas inherent in health care and health policy with specific emphasis on vulnerable people. In addition to the M.S. program, the Center provides education in the ethics of health care practice and policy to Creighton University Medical Center's health professions students, faculty and clinicians. Offerings include required courses in all health sciences degree programs, elective courses, professional experience clerkships and independent study. The Center also sponsors several continuing education programs in conjunction with other Creighton University Medical Center departments and schools throughout the year.
  • Center for Healthcare Ethics
    Associated School: Duquesne University
    Description: The Healthcare Ethics (HCE) program trains scholars and professionals in the field of health care ethics. The Center's programs, scholarly pursuits, and professional outreach engage interdisciplinary perspectives, including religious traditions (especially Catholic, Christian, and Jewish perspectives) as well as clinical, organizational, professional, and research approaches related to medicine, science, law, policy, social science, and the humanities. In addition to academic courses there are clinical ethics rotations and internships that provide Mentored Apprenticeships in Ethics Consultation supervised by HCE faculty. They offer several degrees in Health Care Ethics including Ph.D., DHCE, MA, Joint Law Degree Program, and Certificate in Health Care Ethics.
  • Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy
    Associated School: Baylor College of Medicine
    Description: The mandate of the center is to develop teaching and research programs that address the moral, legal and public policy questions raised by health care and the biomedical sciences. Graduate students in philosophy with an interest in bioethics may pursue those interests in accordance with one of two plans: A) Traditional program in philosophy with an emphasis in bioethics or B) Extensive training in clinical bioethics. The impetus for founding the center was in recognition that the ever-increasing abilities of medicine raise fundamental value questions of how society should use these abilities and how much of them society can afford to use.
  • Center for Practical Bioethics
    Description: "The Center for Practical Bioethics is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization that helps patients, families, caregivers, and institutions face and resolve ethical dilemmas in every day healthcare and broader health-related issues. The Center provides recommendations, guidance, and education for decision-making in both immediate situations and policy development. The Center's team possesses a philosophical orientation and disciplined rationality, enabling them to apply neutral, fair, and just principles even in highly emotional situations. The Center addresses a wide range of topics, including clinical interventions, beginning- and end-of-life concerns, resource allocation, population health, and emerging technologies."
  • Centre for Professional Ethics
    Associated School: University of Central Lancashire
    Description: "The Centre for Professional Ethics is an internationally known research and teaching institution at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston. Since its establishment in 1993, it has gained a reputation for excellence in applied philosophy, particularly in bioethics and environmental ethics."
  • Center for the Study of Bioethics
    Associated School: Medical College of Wisconsin
    Description: The Center is a research and scholarship institution, which focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to the complex problems facing health-care professionals and patients.
  • Hastings Center for Bioethics
    Description: The Hastings Center addresses fundamental ethical issues in the areas of health, medicine, and the environment as they affect individuals, communities, and societies. With a small staff of senior researchers at the Center and drawing upon an internationally renowned group of over 100 elected Fellows for their expertise, The Hastings Center pursues interdisciplinary research and education that includes both theory and practice.
  • Institute for Jewish Medical Ethics
    Description: Started in 1982, this organization has as its goals: to identify underlying principles of Jewish law (Halachah) in Biblical, Talmudic and other works of Jewish scholarship as they relate to the general practice of medicine; to analyze the efficacy of these principles by evaluating the process by which halachic positions are determined on specific medical issues; to review recent medical, scientific and public policy developments in a variety of medical sub-specialties; to reach out to Jewish and non-Jewish physicians, rabbis and other clergy, other health care professional as well as medical students andlay people.
  • Institute of Medicine, Law and Bioethics
    Description: The Institute's mission is to: establish a program of research and education to enhance the quality and effectiveness of health care delivery in the Region and throughout the UK through the promotion of safe, ethical and cost-effective practice; and establish a national and international profile as an authoritative body on medico-legal and bioethical issues.
  • International Network for Life Studies
    Description: A non-profit organization that combines philosophy of life, bioethics, environmental ethics, and criticism of modern civilization at its core.
  • International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics
    Description: "Launched in 1992 at the Inaugural Congress of the International Association of Bioethics, the International Network on Feminist Approaches to Bioethics (FAB) by 2002 has approximately 350 individual members in 28 countries and exchanges information with many organizations whose missions overlap our own. FAB aims to develop a more inclusive theory of bioethics encompassing the standpoints and experiences of women and other marginalized social groups, to examine presuppositions embedded in the dominant bioethical discourse that privilege those already empowered, and to create new methodologies and strategies responsive to the disparate conditions of women's lives across the globe."
  • Kennedy Institute of Ethics
    Associated School: Georgetown University
    Description: "The Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Institute of Ethics, established at Georgetown University in 1971, is a teaching and research center offering ethical perspectives on major policy issues. It is the largest university based group of faculty members in the world devoted to research and teaching in biomedical ethics and other areas of applied ethics. The Institute also houses the most extensive library of ethics in the world, the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature; produces bibliographic citations relating to bioethics for the online databases at the National Library of Medicine; and conducts regular seminars and courses in bioethics."
  • MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics
    Associated School: University of Chicago
    Description: The MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago consists of an interdisciplinary group of professionals who study and teach about practical ethical concerns confronting patients and health care professionals. The Center's core faculty of physicians, nurses, legal scholars, and social scientists direct the medical ethics education at the University of Chicago and provide ethics consultation to the University of Chicago Hospitals, local community hospitals, and the media.
  • Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
    Associated School: Santa Clara University
    Description: The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University is one of the preeminent centers for research and dialogue on ethical issues in critical areas of American life. The center works with faculty, staff, students, community leaders, and the public to address ethical issues more effectively in teaching, research, and action. Their programs focus on ethics in business, health care, technology, public policy, and education. In the field of bioethics, the school offers internships and students programs to help individuals learn more about the field of bioethics.
  • National Catholic Bioethics Center
    Description: The National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC), established in 1972, conducts research, consultation, publishing and education to promote human dignity in health care and the life sciences, and derives its message directly from the teachings of the Catholic Church.