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.

Seminar Series
Leading bioethics scholars from around the world lecture on vital issues in the field at our biweekly Seminar Series. Lectures, held at lunchtime, are free and open to the public.
Levi Symposium 2019: Containment: Exploring the History, Politics, and Ethics of Infectious Disease Response in a Post-Genomic World
Levi Symposium considers history, politics and ethics of infectious disease response in a post-genomic world
Choose Food: Ethically Benchmarking Food Systems
Empowering eaters by enabling informed ethical decision making around food choices
Beef, Food Choices, and Values
Identifying ways to reduce U.S. beef consumption to levels that sustain planetary and human health
Can Physicians Working in Detention Facilities Uphold Their Hippocratic Oath?
Faculty Nancy Kass and Len Rubenstein address issue in JAMA
Newly Published Oxford Handbook of Public Health Ethics Provides Sweeping and Authoritative Review of Field 
Berman Institute Faculty Play Key Role, Authoring 23 Chapters and Editing 11 of 15 sections
Travis Rieder Publishes New Book, “In Pain”
Account bridges personal struggle with opioid dependence to analysis of appropriate use and need for reform
Academy Award Nominee Strathairn Headlines Cast for April 12-13 Event
Free “Theater of War” staged readings to catalyze discussion of contemporary end of life issues
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