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Combining a rigorous foundational learning experience in the classroom, with a capstone project that gives each student a practical experience in their bioethical area of interest.

The Center for Bioethics draws teaching faculty more than a dozen Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals and affiliated institutions. Center collaborations within Harvard University—including the Harvard Safra Center for Ethics, Peitre-Flom Center at Harvard Law School, Center for Health and the Global Environment, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard School of Public Health to name a few—add to the unparalleled resources available to each student.

A personalized and multidisciplinary approach are hallmarks of the Master of Bioethics program, which is offered as either a one-year full-time or two-year part-time course of study.

Each student will develop a plan of study with faculty members that includes:

  • Core Study: Foundational courses covering theoretical and applied ethics, strategies of ethical justification, and historical through contemporary challenges in bioethics.
  • Electives: Options to augment the Core Study program with course offerings at the Center for Bioethics, Harvard Medical School, and across Harvard University.
  • Capstone Experience: A hands-on project utilizing formal course learning in a practical project.



Program Director
Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, M.D., J.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Harvard Medical School

Master of Bioethics Program Manager
Brooke Shinnamon Tempesta, M.A.