About Us

The Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy is nearing its 30th anniversary as a source of education, research and service for students, faculty and the community. The Institute specializes in ethics in health information technology, international bioethics and developmental disability ethics. 


Institute faculty conduct or help conduct courses, seminars, conferences and symposia at all three University of Miami campuses and throughout Florida. On the medical campus, faculty share responsibility for ethics education of medical and science graduate students. On the Coral Gables campus, faculty teach in or collaborate with colleagues from the Departments of Philosophy and Business Law, and the Schools of Nursing and Law. On the Marine campus, Bioethics Institute faculty  share responsibility for education in the responsible conduct of science. Bioethics Institute faculty conduct training sessions and provide ethics consulting services to hospitals and other health care organizations throughout the region.


Our research emphasizes ethics and health computing (including bioinformatics), international bioethics and health policy, genetics and stem cell science ethics and public health and epidemiology. Additional highlights: Faculty have collaborated with with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on development of a training program in research ethics; the Institute of Medicine on a study of “Strategies to Protect the Health of Deployed U.S. Forces”; the New York-based Choice in Dying organization on a project to study medical student education; and other organizations.


The Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy collaborates with a variety of community, government, religious and other organizations. Faculty have provided expertise to the state’s Department of Corrections, Department of Children and Families, and Department of Health, and to a variety of community health organizations. Program faculty collaborate with a range of government and community organizations on a variety of projects and educational efforts.

The Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy is served by an esteemed cadre of full time and associated/affiliated faculty from all three campuses who are committed to education, research, and community service.
We invite University of Miami faculty members with a strong interest in bioethics to apply to the Institute’s Faculty Affiliate Program to foster collaboration between diverse groups of scholars, clinicians and scientists.  

The Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy contributes to, supports and collaborates on a variety of special events across the institution and in the community.

Our faculty's research has been published it in a variety of academic journals and has been presented it at a wide range of national and international forums.

The Florida Bioethics Network (FBN) is dedicated to the understanding and resolution of ethical and legal problems in health care institutions across the State of Florida.
The Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy is committed to becoming a leader in the practice and advancement of bioethics. Please consider supporting our important work.