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
The Food Systems Countdown Initiative
Generating data and analysis to support evidence-based policymaking, guide public and private decisions and support those who hold decision-makers to account towards food system transformation, the Initiative reflects a large, interdisciplinary, multi-institution collaboration involving food system experts from over 30 academic institutions, non-governmental organizations, and UN agencies from nearly all continents
Oxford-Johns Hopkins Global Infectious Disease Ethics Collaborative (GLIDE)
Identifying and analyzing ethical issues arising in infectious disease treatment, research, response, and preparedness, through the lens of global health ethics
People-Centered Food Systems: Fostering Human Rights-Based Approaches
Supporting the right-holders and duty bearers in four low-income countries to better protect the rights of rural and peri-urban food actors living in Cambodia, Ethiopia, Honduras, and Uganda and to help improve their food security and well-being, through a more effective implementation of the rights-related instruments.
Food Flows Projects
Building and contributing to an evidence base that informs action on alleviating food insecurity and building environmentally sustainable food environments of vulnerable populations
3rd Annual SNFBA Summer Course to focus on Ethics and Research: Lessons from the Pandemic
Applications open through April 11 for professionals working in institutions in Greece and the Balkans
Join the Berman Institute at ASBH 2021
A guide to everything Berman Institute-related at the 23rd annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics + Humanities, Oct. 11-16