About Us

Established in 1995, the Berman Institute is now one of the largest centers of its kind in the world. Today, the Berman Institute consists of more than 30 core and affiliated faculty from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, School of Nursing, Bloomberg School of Public Health, and the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences. Faculty work collaboratively on scholarship and teaching in the Institute’s areas of focus.

Our Vision is to achieve more ethical practices and policies relevant to human health.

Our Mission is to identify and address key ethical issues in science, clinical care, and public health, locally and globally.



The Berman Institute trains and mentors future leaders in the fields of bioethics, health and science through the Ph.D. concentration in bioethics and health policy, the Hecht-Levi Fellowship program, the Johns Hopkins-Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program; the Arts and Sciences minor in bioethics; the bioethics certificate, and various summer and winter intensive courses in bioethics. The Berman Institute also provides policy advice for government agencies, non-governmental organizations, and private sector organizations.


Funding for the Berman Institute comes from public research grants, private foundations, and philanthropic contributions.