We’re a society in constant change. New knowledge and technologies challenge our values, thinking, and actions. Biomedical advances, and the ethical implications of those developments, have effects across our society, not just in health care.

Professionals from fields intimately linked with society’s well being—from nurses and doctors, to academics, journalists, clergy, chaplains, lawyers, clinical researchers, and policy makers—have an obligation to think critically and ethically about current and emerging developments in the life sciences in order to inform and help make the best decisions.

The Master of Bioethics (MBE) Degree Program at Harvard Medical School’s Center for Bioethics integrates the theoretical underpinnings of ethics with practice in clinical, research, legal, and policy realms, and provides a mentored field experience culminating in a capstone project and presentation.

Whether you are curious about the moral aspects of clinical health practice, policy reform, advances in genomics, new pharmaceuticals, brain science, or surgical technologies, our bioethics program has something to offer.

Drawing on the rich intellectual resources of Harvard Medical School—the largest biomedical research community in the world—the MBE can expand opportunities, connections,and resources in your area of interest, no matter where you are in your career.


Rebecca Weintraub Brendel, MD, JD
Master's Program Director
Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics