As science advances and expands, there is an increasing need for leaders who are able to think critically about pressing ethical issues.
Whether you are curious about the moral aspects of clinical practice, policy reform, advances in genomics, new pharmaceuticals, brain science, or surgical technologies, our bioethics program has something to offer.
The Center for Bioethics draws teaching faculty from more than a dozen Harvard Medical School teaching hospitals and affiliated institutions. Center collaborations within Harvard University—including the Harvard Safra Center for Ethics, Petrie-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. Take a look at our curriculum in detail.
Students use the knowledge gained through coursework in real-world settings as part of a year-long capstone experience. This hands-on, mentored project allows you to explore your area of interest, gain practical experience, and meet colleagues and collaborators in the field. Read capstone abstracts from previous program graduates.
Download more information about our community and what makes our program unique. When you're ready to begin an application, we invite you to join us for an online information session with the Program Director, Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD.
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Leading the Conversation:
Recent work from MBE alums and faculty