WHO Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy

The University of Miami Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy was designated a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy in 2008, at the time, the third in the world. There are now 12 such centers. 

According to the WHO, a Collaborating Centre is “...an institution designated by the Director-General of WHO to form part of an inter-institutional collaborative network set up by WHO in support of its programme at the country, intercountry, regional, interregional and global levels, as appropriate. But there is more to it than that. In line with the WHO policy and strategy of technical cooperation, a WHO collaborating centre must also participate in the strengthening of country resources, in terms of information, services, research and training, in support of national health development.”

UM’s WHO Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy was formally established in 2009. At the ceremony in Miami on May 2, 2009, WHO ethics leadership presented a gift of the global health organization’s flag. From left, Kenneth Goodman, director of the UM center; Marie-Charlotte Bouësseau, WHO, Geneva; Sergio Litewka, the Institute for Bioethics’ director of International Programs; Miller School of Medicine Dean Pascal Goldschmidt; Fernando Lolas, Pan American Health Organization and University of Chile, Santiago; Luis Gabriel Cuervo, Pan American Health Organization; and Andreas Reis, WHO, Geneva.

As a Collaborating Centre, UM’s Institute for Bioethics is working with colleagues in around the world on education, curriculum development, and other projects:



According to the WHO, WHO Collaborating Centres for Bioethics (CCs) are key institutions with relevant expertise distributed throughout the world. They represent a valuable resource as an extended and integral arm of WHO's capacity to implement its ethics mandate.

WHO is committed to the development of CCs for Bioethics in low and middle income countries and encourages active partnership between CCs in high- and low resource settings. 

    The Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University.
    Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO)
    Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
    Joint Centre for Bioethics, University of Toronto
    Centro de Bioética, Facultad de Medicina Clínica Alemana, Universidad del Desarollo
    Bioethics Unit, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Centre for Disease Informatics and Research
    Asian Institute for Bioethics and Health Law, Yonsei University
    Centre of Biomedical Ethics and Culture, Sindh Institute of Urology and Transplantation
    Centre for Biomedical Ethics, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore
    Centre for Medical Ethics and Law, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University
    Institute of Biomedical Ethics, University of Zurich
    Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy, University of Miami