The Center for Bioethics and Health Law is, at its core, a collaborative entity. It benefits from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s robust hospital system and its research programs, which have attracted more than $447 million in National Institutes of Health grants annually, ranking among the top 10 academic medical centers in the country. Empirical investigators in the Center collaborate with these clinical and basic science researchers, as well as initiate their own projects. With ready access to pioneers of transplantation science, genetics, and neuroscience, Center faculty and students have an opportunity to address bioethical issues as they arise. The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s network of hospitals and the University’s public health program also provide opportunities for students to witness innovation in organizational ethics and health policy.
Some students in the Master of Arts Program in Bioethics are just beginning their careers, while others are seasoned clinicians, lawyers, academics, or scientists. The common ground all students share is a passion for learning about timeless, yet ever-changing issues in bioethics. Additional programs in law and medicine allow students within the University and new students to incorporate bioethics into their careers.