About Bioethics at CWRU

Case Western Reserve’s Department of Bioethics has a storied history of teaching and scholarship that has helped shape some of the most challenging medical questions of our time.

The new Medicine, Society and Culture track of the MA in Bioethics and Medical Humanities builds upon the department’s significant academic strengths and intellectual diversity to explore how disciplines including philosophy, history, English, law and social work can inform and enhance the ways that we conceive and contemplate issues surrounding health, wellness, illness and recovery.


Bioethics is the study of ethical issues in medicine. Case Western Reserve’s Department of Bioethics has offered a master’s degree in the subject since 1995, and added a research ethics track in 2006. The Medicine, Society and Culture track complements and benefits from the department’s other educational and research offerings.

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The Department of Bioethics at Case Western Reserve includes nearly two dozen faculty, including several with joint or even multiple appointments across the university. This disciplinary breadth and collaborative spirit supports a robust range of education and research efforts across an increasingly complex and nuanced medical debates.

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