Public Health Ethics

In association with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Berman Institute conducts independent scholarship in key areas of public health and health policy, trains future bioethics scholars, policy makers, and public health professionals, and provides local, national, and international service to policy making bodies.

Education 

The Berman Institute leads several education and training programs in bioethics and public health including a PhD program in bioethics and health policy and global bioethics training for individuals from Africa.  The Berman Institute leads course work in public health ethics, genetics policy, ethics and health policy, global public health ethics, food ethics, and ethical issues in U.S. and international public health research.

Research/Scholarship

Berman Institute scholarship in the ethics of public health and health policy is wide and deep. Faculty have been involved with creating foundational frameworks for public health ethics and seminal work on social justice and public health; have worked on many empirical and conceptual projects on public health preparedness, on dozens of empirical and conceptual projects on ethics and infectious diseases including related to HIV, TB, malaria, influenza, HPV, and Ebola;  projects on ethics and health policies including appropriate Medicaid funding, incorporating social justice into economic evaluations of treatments, and ethical implications of health reform; and a considerable and growing program in global and domestic food ethics.

Service/Policy

Berman Institute faculty have served on and/or testified before multiple committees and commissions for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the National Academies of Science and Medicine (formerly Institute of Medicine), Presidential commissions, and local and state health departments on topics of public health ethics including HIV prevention and screening, genetic screening, public health preparedness, and women’s health.


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