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.

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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Affiliate Rachel Hardeman, PhD, MPH comments on the significant increase in maternal mortality in the U.S., including the disproportionate representation of non-white birthing…
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Affiliate Christopher Michaelson, Professor of Business Ethics & Academic Director of the Melrose & Toro Center for Principled Leadership at St Thomas comments on the…
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The University of Minnesota School of Medicine strives to teach its students cultural competencies to  eliminate bias in the healthcare field. In a new study, affiliate Brooke…

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