Global Health Ethics

Bioethics research spanning more than 25 countries

Our worldwide outreach includes work in clinical ethics, public health ethics, and science ethics.

We coordinate international research and training efforts, organize international work groups, and collaborate on dozens of globally focused scholarly projects.

Faculty

Berman Institute faculty members are active in both scholarly and academic roles but also in many other areas such as institutional review boards and operations, as well as many policy making initiatives. We invite you to learn more about our faculty and their contributions.

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Education

Berman faculty have led the Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program for 15 years providing bioethics training to professionals from Africa and also have provided training in numerous low and middle income countries including through collaborations with Johns Hopkins Medicine International. Berman faculty have developed ethics/cross-cultural training for medical students planning short rotations in other countries. The Berman Institute also runs the one-month global bioethics training institute providing an intensive immersion in coursework and public policy issues related to global bioethics. Coursework is provided in global public health ethics, global research ethics, global food ethics, and human rights and bioethics.

Research/Scholarship

Our faculty have published scholarship with colleagues from at least 20 other countries on topics ranging from global stem cell ethics to informed consent in low resource settings to ethics and global health systems strengthening to ethics and prevention of HIV and TB globally. A major current initiative is developing an ethical framework to feed the world.

Service/Policy

Berman faculty have been involved in multiple initiatives of the World Health Organization, creating ethics guidance on topics of global health importance and have organized or been participants in multiple international policy development activities on topics including global food, pandemic influenza, sexual violence, human rights, HIV prevention, and patient safety. Berman faculty are regularly called upon to participate on the global stage to help develop ethics guidance and policy recommendations.

Resources
Beef, Food Choices, and Values
Identifying ways to reduce U.S. beef consumption to levels that sustain planetary and human health
Ethics Guidance for the Public Health Containment of Serious Infectious Disease Outbreaks in Low Income Settings: Lessons from Ebola
In public health and in ethics, context matters. This site presents an overview of an ethics guidance guidance document for public health professionals to use in infectious disease outbreak response. Regardless of geography, infectious disease outbreak response strategies should be effective, fair, respectful and transparent.
JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics
The JHU Exploration of Practical Ethics Program aims to stimulate innovative work in practical ethics - an interdisciplinary field of study that takes on ethical issues arising in professions and scholarly disciplines, within institutions and society.
Ethics Issues in Outbreak Containment in Low & Middle Income Countries
Developing Ethics Guidance and Practical Tools for Outbreak Response
Guidance: Extend Vaccines to Pregnant Women
Health and bioethics experts join Berman faculty's call for new approach to treatment of pregnant women in vaccine research and deployment
Berman Institute Announces 2018-19 Seminar Series
Free and open to the public, lunchtime lecture series hosts top national experts in bioethics
Register for the Choose Food Symposium
From Nov. 5-8, global leaders will gather to examine ethical issues associated with food and agriculture
Vaccinating Pregnant Women Against Ebola
Prof. Ruth Faden co-authors article urging vaccination of pregnant and lactating women exposed to virus in midst of outbreak.
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