Bioethics Program

The practice of medicine, the development of public health policies, and advances in the biomedical sciences raise fundamental moral and philosophical issues. The bioethics program is designed to provide students with an understanding of these issues, and the background and the conceptual tools to think about them clearly. The program is a collaboration between the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics and the Department of Philosophy, and draws on the resources of both.

Requirements for the Minor 

Eight Courses
AS.150.219Introduction to Bioethics3
AS.150.220Introduction to Moral Philosophy3
Select one of the following:8
General Biology I
and General Biology II
and Cell Biology
Systems Bioengineering I
and Systems Bioengineering II
At least two upper-level (300- or 400-level) seminars offered by the bioethics program (AS.150.3xx+ with POS-Tag PHIL-BIOETH) 6
Two additional bioethics seminars not counted in fulfillment of the previous requirement approved by the program’s advisory committee. *6
Total Credits26

All courses must be taken for letter grades and receive a grade of C- or higher.

For more information, please contact Professor Hilary Bok.

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Hilary Bok
Associate Professor (Director), Philosophy.

Associate Professor

Maria Merritt
(Bloomberg School of Public Health): bioethics.

Research Scientist

Andrew Siegel
(Berman Institute of Bioethics).