The Center for Bioethics & Health Law (CBHL) brings together clinicians, scholars, and researchers from many schools and disciplines across the University to investigate issues in bioethics and health law by employing empirical, philosophical, humanities, and legal research methods. The Center is founded on the premise that questions posed by contemporary health care and research are not the province of any single discipline but require the collaborative integration of insights garnered from myriad disciplines of the humanities and the social and medical sciences. Over the years, the Center has been recognized as a leader in empirical research on topics such as informed consent, organ donation, and long term care, as well as scholarly research on issues ranging, for example, from conscientious objection to justice to the right to die.
The Center also serves as the hub of bioethics education and consultation across the University. It serves as the academic home for the Interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Bioethics, a program of the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences, as well as the Area of Concentration in Medical Humanities, Ethics, and Palliative Care, offered by the School of Medicine. The Center provides clinical ethics training to medical students and house staff and, through the Consortium Ethics Program, bioethics education for clinical staff in over 40 regional health care facilities.