Pandemic Ethics Resources

Pandemic and other emergency preparedness and response efforts raise difficult ethical issues related to quarantine and isolation; allocation of scarce resources, including ventilators, and priority setting; triage; public risk communication; and appropriate uses and users of health information technology, including Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. 

Following is a selection of resources addressing some of these issues. This is a joint effort of the Florida Bioethics Network, the University of Miami, and Florida International University. (Click here for selected site annotations by FIU medical students.) 

United States 


Other States and Institutions


Professional Societies and Organizations

Special Topics  


Role of Students

Patient Resources

Faith and Religion

Law and Liability

Privacy, HIPAA

Data, Evidence, Informatics


Other Resources  


Thanks to Matthew Wynia, MD, MPH, FACP, Professor of Medicine and Public Health, Director, Center for Bioethics and Humanities, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, for valuable contributions; and Joseph A. Raho, PhD, Clinical Ethicist, Ethics Center, UCLA Health, Clinical Instructor, Department of Pediatrics, David Geffen School of Medicine, for permission to share his Italian translation of guidelines by an Italian medical group.

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Revised March 12, 2023