The Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics offers courses in Bioethics in January and June each year through the Berman Institute Bioethics Intensives (BI2) program. BI2 provides an engaging, non-degree learning opportunity open to anyone interested in exploring bioethics in an interactive short-course format. The courses focus on both theoretical and applied aspects of bioethics and are of practical value to medical, legal, and policy professionals; researchers; scholars; students and others. Prior coursework or experience in bioethics is not required.
Course participants engage with Berman Institute faculty from the Johns Hopkins University’s world-renowned schools of medicine, public health, nursing, and arts & sciences. BI2 faculty represent the Berman Institute’s five areas of focus: biomedical research and discovery, ethics of clinical practice, public health ethics and health policy, and global health ethics and research.
Registration is now open for the Summer (June 2014) program. Early registration is advised. Eligible JHU employees may use Tuition Remission to enroll.
Five week-long courses are are offered during the weeks of June 9-13 and 16-20, 2014. Each course meets for 5 days, 3 hours/day. Participants may enroll in one or more courses during the two week period. Multi-course discounts are available. A certificate of completion will be issued for each completed course.
Week 1: June 9 – 13 (M,T,W,Th,F)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Foundations of Bioethics – Jeffrey Kahn PhD MPH; Gail Geller ScD MHS; Jeremy Sugarman MD MPH MA; Nancy Kass ScD; Maggie Moon MD MPH
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ethics, Policy and Emerging Biotechnologies – Debra Mathews PhD MA
Week 2: June 16 – 20 (M,T,W,Th,F)
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Public Health Ethics – Ruth Faden PhD MPH; Maria W. Merritt PhD
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Ethics of Human Subject Research: US and International Perspectives – Nancy Kass ScD; Holly Taylor PhD MPH
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Animal Ethics - Jeffrey Kahn PhD MPH
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS (top)
This course offers an introduction to the foundational approaches and issues in bioethics, including a discussion of the history of the field and the issues that led to its birth and growth. Sessions will be led by senior faculty of the Berman Institute, offering students the opportunity to gain from the experience of some of the most respected scholars in the field. Faculty will present foundational approaches and lead discussions of issues based on their disciplinary expertise and experience in the field. Course topics include theoretical approaches to bioethics, ethics and policy in public health, research ethics, ethics in genetics and science, and clinical ethics.
Ethics, Policy and Emerging Biotechnologies
Course Faculty: Debra Mathews PhD MA
This course provides an introduction to the ethics and policy issues raised by emerging biotechnologies such as genetics, stem cell science, neuroscience, and synthetic biology. Each day will begin with a brief primer of the science to be covered that day, as the scientific details critically inform the ethics and policy analysis. Particular case examples will be used to illustrate how ethical issues are addressed and policy developed in fast moving, and sometimes contentious, areas of science.
This course will address foundational questions and challenges in the ethics of public health and population health policy, including what is distinctive about public and population health in contrast to other areas of bioethics such as clinical medical and nursing ethics.
Topics to be addressed include: the right to health and health care, justice and health in the domestic and global contexts, and individual liberties and public health interventions.
Accreditation of this course for full Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions human subject re-certification (100 points) is pending.
The course provides an introduction to the ethics of human subject research and allows participants to apply what they learn to case examples from US and international settings. Ethical principles and a framework for analysis are introduced, followed by a review of key US and international regulations that guide the ethical conduct of research. Topics covered in lectures and moderated discussions include: informed consent for research participation; role and function of institutional review boards/ethics review committees; just selection of research subjects and duties of justice generally, and also when working in resource poor settings; and ethical aspects of study design. Registrants will participate in case discussions and will have the option to choose domestic or international cases for discussion.
The objective of this course is to increase participants’ awareness of and ability to reason through ethical issues that arise in the conduct of human subject research, both in the US and globally. This course is targeted to both an audience working primarily in the United States and an audience whose work is relevant to research in resource poor settings.
Course Faculty: Jeffrey Kahn PhD MPH
This course offers discussion and analysis of a range of animal ethics issues. Course topics include: approaches to thinking about animal interests; research on animal subjects—ethics, law, and policy; animals and food ethics; ethics and veterinary medicine; and evolving discussions of the treatment of animals in law and policy.
TUITION & REGISTRATION (top)
Standard Registration (by May 5th): $1,200 per course
Late Registration (after May 5th): $1,300 per course
Multi-course Discount (register for 3 or more courses by May 5th): $1,000 per course
Current Students/Trainees/Fellows: $800 per course
Registration: Please complete and return the course registration form (fillable PDF format).
Tuition Remission for JHU Employees: Eligible JHU employees, retirees and their spouses/same sex domestic partners who wish to use tuition remission should also download, complete, and submit a tuition remission form linked below. Visit the JHU tuition remission site for more information.
Faculty, Staff, and Retiree Tuition Remission Form
Spouse/Same-Sex Domestic Partner Tuition Remission Form
All completed forms should be emailed to email@example.com or sent via mail to:
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Deering Hall, Rm 211
Baltimore, MD 21205
DIRECTIONS, ACCOMMODATIONS & LOCAL INFORMATION (top)
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21205 USA
The Berman Institute of Bioethics is conveniently located on the east-baltimore medical campus of Johns Hopkins University near downtown Baltimore – one hour from Washington, DC; two hours from Philadelphia; and three hours from New York City. There are numerous reasonable travel options for participants from neighboring cities and states. We are a short taxi ride from BWI Airport, Baltimore’s Penn Station (train), the Baltimore Inner Harbor, the National Aquarium, as well as many museums and hotels.
The below-listed hotels are conveniently located and offer JHU discounted rates. If you are interested in student dormitory accommodations on the JHU Homewood campus, please contact us as soon as possible.
Admiral Fell Inn JHU Rate: $149
888 S. Broadway 410-522-7380
Baltimore, MD 21231 www.admiralfell.com
Home2Suites by Hilton JHU Rate: $99
8 East Pleasant St. 410-576-1200
Baltimore, MD 21202 www.Home2suites.hilton.com
Inn at Henderson’s Wharf JHU Rate: $189
1000 Fell St 410-522-7777
Baltimore, MD 21231 www.hendersonswharf.com
Marriott Inner Harbor JHU Rate: $169
110 S. Eutaw Street 410-962-0202
Baltimore, MD 21201 www.marriotthotels.com
Marriott Courtyard JHU Rate: $149
1000 Aliceanna Street 443-923-4000
Baltimore, MD 21202 www.marriotthotels.com
Baltimore Aquarium National Aquarium
www.aqua.org 501 E. Pratt Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Maryland Science Center Maryland Science Center
www.mdsci.org 601 Light Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21230
The Walters Art Museum 600 N. Charles Street
www.thewalters.org Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Fort McHenry Nat’l Monument 2400 E. Fort Avenue
www.nps.gov/FOMC/ Baltimore, Maryland 21230
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