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2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Feb 01, 2023
2020-2021 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Center for Bioethics and Health Law

Overview of the Department

The Center for Bioethics & Health Law (CBHL) brings together clinicians, scholars, and researchers from many schools and disciplines across the University to investigate issues in bioethics and health law by employing empirical, philosophical, humanities, and legal research methods. The Center is founded on the premise that questions posed by contemporary health care and research are not the province of any single discipline but require the collaborative integration of insights of myriad disciplines of the humanities and the social and medical sciences. It has been recognized as a leader in empirical research on topics such as informed consent, organ donation, and long-term care, as well as scholarly research on issues ranging, for example, from conscientious objection to justice to precision medicine to the right to die.

Contact Information

Program Director: Lisa S. Parker, PhD
Program Administrator: Beth Ann Pischke
Main Office: 519 Barco Law Building
Fax: 412-648-2649


Applicants for admission must submit digital scans of all undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts are not required during the application process - applicants who are accepted will be required to submit certified transcripts when they accept the offer of admission and matriculate), three letters of recommendation, a personal statement explaining interest in the program (including plans to use this degree in further professional or graduate education or a career), and a sample of written work demonstrating critical reasoning skills and/or ability to present an argument. International applicants whose first language is not English are required to submit TOEFL scores. Applications for admission to the Bioethics Program in the fall term must be submitted no later than March 31; after that date, interested applicants should contact the program administrator. Joint program students must be admitted by both the Dietrich School and the relevant professional school.

Financial Assistance

Applicants may qualify to receive a Dean’s Tuition Scholarship to defray part of the cost of tuition and fees. Applicants may apply for student loans, and qualified out-of-state students may be offered scholarship equal to the difference between out-of-state and in-state tuition.


Faculty of the Center for Bioethics & Health Law, and its affiliated faculty, teach in the MA Program in Bioethics, serve on thesis committees, and provide clinical and research mentorship. These faculty are listed on the Center’s website at They conduct research, both empirical and theoretical, on issues across the lifespan, professional issues like conscientious objection, and issues in research including mental health, palliative care, and genomic research. Research by Center faculty is described at

Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Faculty  





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