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 Spring 2022 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.

See our recordings on Health Equity

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Affiliate JP Leider, PhD comments on policy decisions based on population data. 
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Affiliate JP Leider, PhD comments on access during the Omicron surge.
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Affiliate Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH comments on the impact on the field of maternal health.

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