Academic Programs

The Center for Bioethics & Health Law provides graduate-level education in bioethics in cooperation with several schools, including the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, School of Law, and School of Medicine, through innovative degree and degree-related programs. Students from varied backgrounds, pursuing diverse career paths, explore ethical issues within these programs through seminars, clinical rotations, and research projects tailored to their individual interests and career goals. Faculty in these programs are committed to increasing the diversity of those working in bioethics through recruitment into these programs.

Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences

The Center for Bioethics & Health Law is the academic home for University’s Master of Arts in Bioethics (MA) awarded by the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts & Sciences, as well as programs serving the interests of those who do not want to commit to pursuing a graduate degree. These programs, like the field of bioethics itself, are interdisciplinary. Courses in all of the programs seek to develop participants’ skills of critical reasoning, writing, and oral communication, as well as to provide a foundation in the disciplines that contribute to identifying and addressing ethical, legal, and social issues in healthcare, medicine, and health-related research, as well as probing philosophical and ethical questions of embodiment and well-being.

School of Law

Programs With the School of Law

The Center for Bioethics & Health Law partners with the University’s School of Law to offer programs focusing on the increasingly intricate legal needs of those interacting with healthcare systems. 

School of Medicine

Programs with the School of Medicine

In collaboration with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, the Center for Bioethics & Health Law offers four curriculum programs that integrate the medical sciences, ethics, and health humanities.