Bioethics Intensives

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. Eligible JHU employees may use Tuition Remission to enroll.

Course Schedule
Course Descriptions
Tuition & Registration
Directions, Accommodations & Local Information


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, with multi-course discounts 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 BioethicsJeffrey Kahn PhD MPH; Gail Geller ScD MHS; Nancy Kass ScD; Margaret Moon MD MPH

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 Merritt PhD

1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Ethics of Human Subject Research: US and International PerspectivesNancy Kass ScD; Holly Taylor PhD MPH



Foundations of Bioethics
Course Faculty: Jeffrey Kahn PhD MPH; Gail Geller ScD MHS; Nancy Kass ScD; Margaret Moon MD MPH

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.


Public Health Ethics
Course Faculty: Ruth Faden PhD MPHMaria Merritt PhD

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.


Ethics of Human Subject Research: US and International Perspectives
Course Faculty: Nancy Kass ScD; Holly Taylor PhD MPH

This course is accredited for full Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions human subject re-certification (100 points).

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.



Standard Registration
        Week-long course: $1,300/course  (registration after May 5th)   

PRIM&R Members
        Week-long course: $900/course

        Week-long course: $800/course

Registration: Please complete and return the course registration form (PDF). 

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

Student Scholarships: Current undergraduate or graduate students can apply for a scholarship that covers 100% of the tuition for one course. A very limited number of full scholarships will be provided. To apply, submit a course registration form, a copy of your student ID or other document clearly showing you are a current student, and a brief personal statement (no more than 250 wds.) describing why you are seeking to enroll in the particular course. Scholarship applications must be submitted by May 5, 2014

All completed forms should be emailed to or sent via mail to:
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue
Deering Hall, Rm 211
Baltimore, MD 21205


Course Location:
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Deering Hall
1809 Ashland Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland 21205 USA

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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               

Home2Suites by Hilton                     JHU Rate: $99
8 East Pleasant St.                                410-576-1200
Baltimore, MD 21202               

Inn at Henderson’s Wharf                JHU Rate: $189
1000 Fell St                                            410-522-7777
Baltimore, MD 21231               

Marriott Inner Harbor                       JHU Rate: $169
110 S. Eutaw Street                              410-962-0202
Baltimore, MD 21201                

Marriott Courtyard                              JHU Rate: $149 
1000 Aliceanna Street                        443-923-4000
Baltimore, MD 21202                

Local Attractions

Baltimore Aquarium                         National Aquarium                                 501 E. Pratt Street
                                                                    Baltimore, Maryland 21202

Maryland Science Center                Maryland Science Center                              601 Light Street
                                                                    Baltimore, Maryland 21230

The Walters Art Museum                600 N. Charles Street                    Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Fort McHenry Nat’l Monument      2400 E. Fort Avenue                   Baltimore, Maryland 21230


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