About The Center for Bioethics

The Center conducts original interdisciplinary research and scholarship, offers educational programs and courses, fosters public discussion and debate, and assists in the formulation of public policy.

The Center provides education in bioethics for University students, faculty, and staff; professionals in health care and related fields; and interested members of the general public.


Debra DeBruin

Interim Director Debra DeBruin, PhD, has been with the Center since 2000. She has served in various leadership roles including Director. Dr. DeBruin’s interests include bioethics and social justice, ethical issues related to women’s health, public health ethics and policy, and ethics of public health emergency preparedness and response.

Enroll in our Fall 2021 Bioethics Courses
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We offer an array of interdisciplinary Bioethics courses that are open to students across the University. Some of these courses fulfill ethics requirements for students in other programs at the University, including requirements for Interprofessional Education for health professions students. See course registration Information.

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COVID-19 Bioethics
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The Center for Bioethics is promoting ethical responses to the COVID-19 pandemic through academic scholarship, media interviews, educational opportunities, statewide collaboration, and institutional implementation of ethical guidelines.

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Health Equity
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The Center for Bioethics promotes health equity through research, scholarship, development of policy and guidance, and event programming.

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Ethics Grand Rounds: Friday October 29 12:15 - 1:30 PM CST | Zoom | Free | Open to the Public | RSVP Requested
There are more lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and other sexual and diverse (LGBTQI+) people in the U.S. than ever before. A wide range of factors influence…
Ethics Grand Rounds: Friday November 12 12:15 - 1:30 PM CST | Zoom | Free | Open to the Public | RSVP Requested
The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has catalyzed profound transformations in health care delivery systems, including an abrupt shift toward telemedicine. Synchronous…
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Affiliate faculty member Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH is named one of the experts on the re-established Advisory Committee to the Director of the CDC.
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Affiliate faculty member Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH will work with C2DREAM on researching the impact of racism on health inequities for BIPOC residents of Minnesota.
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The new Center will work with the Center for Antiracism Research for Health Equity, led by affiliate faculty member Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH.

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