WHO Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy

WHO Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy

The University of Miami was designated a World Health Organiation Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy in 2008, at the time the third in the world. There are now 11 such centers.


UM’s WHO Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy was formally established in 2009. Here, at a 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, Washington, D.C.; and Andreas Reis, WHO, Geneva.

Special Projects


Background: The University of Miami Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy is a World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre in Ethics and Global Health Policy. It is one of eleven in the world, initially designated in 2008 and predesignated in 2012, 2016, and 2018.

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.”

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

Other WHO Collaborating Centres in Ethics
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 Desarrollo
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
Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health, Columbia University

6 January 2019