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Learn with the best at Johns Hopkins University! Berman Institute faculty have produced leading empirical research in bioethics while continuing to generate path breaking conceptual and normative scholarship, educating the next generation of leaders in bioethics, and contributing in ongoing ways to public policy development.
MBE program faculty are the core and affiliated faculty of the Berman Institute, with most also having appointments in the Johns Hopkins University’s schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, International Studies, and Arts and Sciences.
Program faculty have served on multiple presidential bioethics commissions as well as committees of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), National Institutes of Health (NIH) and for state and local health departments.
700.601 Foundations of Bioethics with Gail Geller, ScD, MHS and BI Core Faculty
Offers an introduction to central approaches and issues in bioethics. Includes a discussion of the history of the field and the issues that led to its birth and growth internationally. Introduces philosophical, empirical and non-empirical approaches to bioethics and core ethical issues in clinical care, public health, science and research. Provides a foundation for future study in bioethics.
700.602 Hot Topics in Bioethics with Travis Rieder, PhD and BI Core Faculty
Offers a continuation of the exploration of ethical theory and its use in bioethics begun in “Introduction to Ethical Theory”. Utilizes the conceptual and methodological tools from “Ethical Theory” in analyzing topics and cases currently being discussed in bioethics. Although topics change from year to year, common themes include: discussion of legal changes concerning end of life; the ethics of new reproductive technologies; ethical challenges concerning genome-editing technologies; and global ethical challenges such as climate change and resource allocation.
700.603 Introduction to Ethical Theory with Travis Rieder, PhD
Explores the relationship between philosophical ethical theory and the practical world of bioethics. In particular, examines the classical accounts of moral obligation and virtue in the context of a variety of contemporary bioethical problems. Further presents the distinction between individual bioethics and collective bioethics, with the goal of determining how the theoretical grounding for these fields differ. The motivating questions are both methodological and substantive: First, how does theory contribute to bioethical investigations? And second, does reflection on ethical theory tell us what to do concerning particular, bioethical problems?
700.604 Methods in Bioethics with Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA
Describes the range of methods used in bioethics research and practice, including philosophy, law, history, religion, and quantitative/qualitative research techniques. Emphasizes the strengths and weaknesses of each method in addressing bioethical questions or problems. Illustrates each method with contemporary examples from bioethics and public health. Exposes students to experts in various methods. Presents one cross-cutting example of an issue addressed by all methods. Discusses the challenges of interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary research.
The MBE program is designed to give students a comprehensive view of bioethics, because of this there are a number of other courses that MBE students will be expected to take during their time at Johns Hopkins. Courses for the 2017-2018 academic year are:
- Bioethics, Human Rights, and Global Health
- Bioethics and the Law
- Ethics in Clinical Practice
- Ethics and Decision-Making in Clinical Practice
- Nutrition Ethics and Policy
- Germs, Genes, Patients, & Populations
- Ethics, Policy, and Emerging Biomedical Technologies
For full course information, please visit the online course catalog.
Application Deadlines for the 2018-2019 Academic Year
Priority application deadline: Sunday, April 15, 2018
Final application deadline: Sunday, July 1, 2018
*Applications received after this date will not be reviewed.