Public Health Ethics

Studying key areas of global public health and health policy

In association with the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the Berman Institute conducts independent scholarship in key areas of public health and health policy.

We also train future bioethics scholars, policy makers, and public health professionals, and provide local, national, and international service to policy making bodies.

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

The Berman Institute leads several education and training programs in bioethics and public health including a PhD program in bioethics and health policy and global bioethics training for individuals from Africa.  The Berman Institute leads course work in public health ethics, genetics policy, ethics and health policy, global public health ethics, food ethics, and ethical issues in U.S. and international public health research.

Research/Scholarship

Berman Institute scholarship in the ethics of public health and health policy is wide and deep. Faculty have been involved with creating foundational frameworks for public health ethics and seminal work on social justice and public health; have worked on many empirical and conceptual projects on public health preparedness, on dozens of empirical and conceptual projects on ethics and infectious diseases including related to HIV, TB, malaria, influenza, HPV, and Ebola;  projects on ethics and health policies including appropriate Medicaid funding, incorporating social justice into economic evaluations of treatments, and ethical implications of health reform; and a considerable and growing program in global and domestic food ethics.

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
Prof. Unguru Decries Drug Shortages
Berman faculty member urges FDA to uphold basic human right of access to essential medicines
Berman Institute Announces 2018-19 Seminar Series
Free and open to the public, lunchtime lecture series hosts top national experts in bioethics
Rieder continues Seminar Series with talk on America’s Opioid Crisis
Even as America's opioid crisis has grown, it has received fairly little sustained attention in the bioethics literature. In his talk, Travis Rieder argues that we must fill in this gap, and begin to show just how much specifically bioethics work needs to be done in this area.