The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
Cynda Rushton Named to Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame
Berman faculty member recognized for contributions in aging and nursing ethics
“Containment” Explores Infectious Disease Response
Levi Symposium considers history, politics and ethics of disease response in a post-genomic world
Charting an Ethical Course in Conflict Zones
Prof. Len Rubenstein leads project responding to the ethical challenges in humanitarian health in situations of extreme violence
Berman Institute’s New Home Part of JHU’s 2020 vision
President Daniels shares third report on University’s decade-long plan

The Berman Institute

From the ethics of food production to stem cell research, we are guiding the conversation about some of the most complex moral and policy issues affecting the health and well-being of people worldwide.

Facts About Berman

78 Fellows educated

We launch the careers of the next generation of leaders in bioethics scholarship.

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42 Faculty

Spanning Johns Hopkins University, our faculty includes internationally recognized bioethics experts and emerging new scholars.

Meet a professor

More than ever, the Berman Institute's work is critical for clarifying the difficult ethics questions faced in biomedicine, from the bedside to the most pressing population and global health issues of the day.
Jeffrey P. Kahn, PhD, MPH
Andreas C. Dracopoulos Director
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics


The Berman Institute attracts specialists in fields ranging from medicine, nursing and public health to the law who are passionate about improving human health and well-being worldwide.
Classroom and teacher

Research & Outreach

Our faculty are helping shape policy and practice in healthcare, biomedical science and public health by exploring ethical issues at the intersection of innovation and human lives.

Education & Training

We offer unique interdisciplinary programs for students at all levels—from undergraduates seeking an ethical framework for a range of careers to bioethics specialists seeking to connect with current issues.
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Here are some of our terrific MBE students along w faculty outside of Deering Hall following today's interesting pr…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Harassment survivors demand stronger action by US biomedical agency
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Caster Semenya ruling: sports federation is flouting ethics rules - New eligibility reqs for elite female athletes…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Ebola survivors are protected from infection years after illness
The U.S. accounts for five percent of the world's population but consumes almost 70 percent of the total global opioid supply, creating an epidemic. How did we get here? In this personal talk, Berman Institute Research Scholar Travis Rieder recounts the often-hidden struggle of opioid withdrawal and reveals how doctors who prescribe (and overprescribe) opioids aren't equipped to eventually get people off the meds.
James Corbett, M.Div., J.D., Principal of Initial Health delivered the 26th annual Shallenberger Lecture, ``Beyond Charity: Re-Imagined Communities`` on April 16, 2019. Corbett said that modern health care requires balancing competing priorities, and his talk highlighted the ethical challenges of care delivery while offering a vision of what is possible by moving beyond charity and re-imagining community.