The Berman Institute

Leading the field of Bioethics in scholarship, education, training, and service
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Robert H. Levi Symposium: The Ethics of Virtual Humans
10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join us for a live, interactive exploration of ethical issues raised by technologies leveraging natural language processing

Zoom performance of Antigone in Ferguson
Theater of War: Frontline Performance
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Dramatic reading by acclaimed actors of scenes from ancient Greek plays to help nurses, doctors, EMS, first responders, administrators, and other heath care providers engage in healing, constructive discussions about the unique challenges and stressors of the COVID-19 pandemic

Overview: Ethical Concerns in Responding to Coronavirus
Berman Institute experts discuss critical principles

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.

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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.
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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
Ethics & Emerging Biotechnologies Weekly Roundup: Designed to Deceive, Immunizations, Public Health vs Privacy, Cel…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
For Nurses Feeling the Strain of the Pandemic, Virus Resurgence Is ‘Paralyzing’ - w comments from our Cynda Rushton…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Berman Institute #Bioethics Bulletin: COVID-19 Update - Theater of War for Frontline Medical Providers, Vaccine Con…
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
Test and trace fails to contact 110,000 in English Covid hot spots
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.