About Us

The precursor to the Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy was established in 1991. From the outset, it partnered with what has become the School of Business Administration's Business Ethics Program. The two comprise the University of Miami Ethics Programs.

Education
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.

Research
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.

Community Service
The Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy collaborates with a variety of community, government, religious and other organizations. Faculty provide 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 have been active in working, under a National Institutes of Health grant, with the Miami-Dade County Department of Health on a project in environmental ethics, as well as with a range of government and community organizations on a variety of projects and educational efforts.

For more information about the Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, contact Ken Goodman at 305-243-5723 or ethics@miami.edu.

Collaborations

Ethics in Education A to Z
A two-day conference for teachers, students, parents, educational administrators and concerned citizens covering major ethical issues at all levels of American education, presented jointly by the Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust, the University of Miami and Miami-Dade County Public Schools.

Bioethics and Health Law Consortium of South Florida
Bioethics and Health Law Consortium of South Florida (BAHLC), originally called the South Florida Bioethics/Health Law Working Group, is an organization of academics and professionals who meet and discuss bioethical matters and legal issues relating to the health care system.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) program provides compliance and ethics education to its member institutions, in course series that include animal care and use, biosafety, good clinical practice, human subjects research, information privacy and security, and the responsible conduct of research.

Florida Bioethics Network
The Florida Bioethics Network (FBN) is dedicated to the understanding and resolution of ethical and legal problems arising in health care and research in Florida’s hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, managed care organizations and teaching institutions. FBN provides services to meet a variety of health care organization ethics education needs.

The Good Government Initiative
“The mission of the Good Government Initiative is to cultivate leaders of excellence in South Florida through the development and training of elected officials as well as those aspiring to run for office, and to engage the community in its governance through outreach and education.” UM Ethics faculty contribute to various educational programs.

Health Council of South Florida
The regional planning and evaluation organization analyzes data and contributes to regional health collaborations and community services. UM ethics faculty serve on the organization’s Ethics Committee, which has produced a series of important reports—on clinical futility (2000), ethical standards and community health (2003) and safety net hospitals (2012). Click here for a list of and links to Health Council reports and publications

Human Services Coalition
The nonprofit Human Services Coalition (HSC) identifies and launches innovative strategies to help people and communities thrive. HSC works through a network of partner organizations, linking people with financial education, health care information, public benefits and educational and economic opportunities.

Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine
The Jay Weiss Center for Social Medicine and Health Equity was founded on behalf of the vision and the beliefs of the late Jay Weiss, who wished to create a program that developed and supported medical students and residents alike to practice medicine in under-served and impoverished areas.

Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law
The Journal of Philosophy, Science & Law is an interdisciplinary forum dedicated to examining issues at the intersection of applied philosophy, empirical inquiry, and the law and jurisprudence. The Journal seeks to stimulate research and publish articles in areas where these disciplines meet. The Journal is available from and archived by the Philosophy Documentation Center.

Miami Area Geriatric Education Center
The Miami Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC) is a consortium of educators from UM, the Miami Department of Veterans Affairs, Barry University, Florida Atlantic University.  MAGEC provides coordinated interdisciplinary program of geriatric education for health-care professionals serving the elderly in South Florida. 

Miami-Dade Commission on Ethics and Public Trust

The Miami-Dade County Ethics Commission was created in 1996 as a result of a citizens’ vote to amend the Home Rule charter. It is an independent agency with advisory and quasi-judicial powers, committed to public education, training and community outreach.

Miami-Dade County Hospital Preparedness Consortium
The Consortium has established an Ethics Advisory Group (EAG) to work with other emergency planners to ensure that ethical issues are adequately addressed during the planning process. Working in close cooperation with the Health Council of South Florida and the UM Ethics Programs, the EAG has begun meeting to draft ethics policy guidelines and prepare related resources.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Founded in 1885, Miami-Dade Public Schools is the largest school district in Florida and the fourth largest in the United States, with a student enrollment of nearly 400,000.  It is a partner with UM Ethics Programs on the Ethics Curriculum project. 

Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethics
UM hosted a meeting of the Commission and an Ethics Programs faculty member served on its International Research Panel.

Project HealthDesign (Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Project HealthDesign, on which Ethics Programs faculty served as the Ethical, Legal and Social Issues (ELSI) consulting group, is dedicated to exploring the power and potential of personal health records (PHR).

UM Department of Philosophy
The University of Miami’s Department of Philosophy sponsors ethics classes as part of its undergraduate and graduate programs.  The Department is ranked among the top-5 Ph.D. programs in the country whose faculty members are frequently cited in scholarly journals. 

UM Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute
The Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute’s mission is to spearhead the development of new regenerative therapies using a combination of stem cell biology, other basic science and the conduct of clinical trials.

UHealth International Medicine Institute
The UHealth International Medicine Institute (IMI) arranges consultations with UM physicians, advanced treatment technologies, leading-edge medical therapies, and state-of-the-art surgical procedures.  It provides medical education and training to physicians and other healthcare professionals world-wide.

We Robot
UM Ethics Programs are partnering with the University of Miami School of Law’s annual program on legal, policy and ethical issues raised by robots.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The University of Miami Ethics Programs have been designated a Collaborating Center in Ethics and Global Health Policy by the World Health Organization in Geneva. UM’s center is the third of its kind in the world and the first WHO collaborating center in the United States.

Florida Bioethics Network

The Florida Bioethics Network (FBN) is dedicated to the understanding and resolution of ethical and legal problems arising in health care and research in Florida's hospitals, hospices, nursing homes, managed care organizations and teaching institutions. The FBN can help with a variety of health care organization ethics education needs.

The FBN can assist you with an educational activity tailored to your institution’s particular needs.  These activities may include lectures for your staff or the community, workshops for your ethics committee, CME and CNE programs, and conferences.

Some of the more popular topics include:

  • Developing and Running a Hospital Ethics Committee
  • Taking Patient Rights Seriously:  The Value of a Comprehensive Patient’s Rights Program
  • Effective Clinical Committee Consultations: Avoiding the Common Mistakes
  • Reviving the Non-Functioning Ethics Committee
  • Advance Directives: Avoiding the Problems
  • Privacy and Confidentiality – Making Practical Sense of HIPAA
  • Using Social Worker Proxies for Medical Decisions
  • The Recurring Ethical Problems Surrounding Withdrawal of Life-sustaining Treatment
  • Effectively Addressing Gender and Ethnicity Issues in the Healthcare Setting
  • Medical Futility:  When Patients and Families insist on Medical Procedures that Do Not Work
  • Stem Cell Research
  • Lessons from the Schiavo Case

For assistance with conferences, workshops or presentations and for more information about possible topics, advice on developing an educational program, speaker availability and costs of educational activities please call or e-mail:

In South Florida, Ken Goodman at 305-243-5723 or  FBN@med.miami.edu.

In North Florida (Orlando and north), Ray Moseley at 352-258-6945 or  rmoseley@ufl.edu.

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Join the Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy

Interested in joining the Insitute of Bioethics and Health Policy? For more information about the Institute of Bioethics and Health Policy, contact Ken Goodman at 305-243-5723 or ethics@miami.edu.

Contact Us

If you’re looking for email or other contact information for a particular person, see the People section of this web site.

Anyone affiliated with the Ethics Programs can also be reached via email to ethics@miami.edu. This is also the address to use for general enquiries about programs and projects.

You can reach us by telephone at 305-243-5723, Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., except for University holidays. Our fax number is 305-243-6416.

Our offices are:

  • Dominion Tower on the Medical Campus (1400 NW 10th Ave, NW, Suite 915). Click here for directions.
  • Jenkins Building on the Coral Gables campus (5250 University Drive, Suite 321). Click here for directions.

 
Our U.S. postal address is: UM Ethics Programs, P.O. Box 016960 (M-825), Miami FL 33101.

The address for non-U.S. Postal Service deliveries is: UM Ethics Programs, Dominion Towers Building, 1400 NW 10th Avenue, Suite 915, Miami, FL 33136.

Please send corrections, comments and suggestions about the Ethics Programs web site to ethics@miami.edu.