Modern health care has an increasingly moral dimension encompassing not only patient welfare but also the functioning of health care organizations and the role of research in society. The field of health care ethics has evolved as a crucial component in clinical and organizational contexts as well as in academic medicine in the realms of education, training and research.

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The MU Center for Health Ethics seeks to address difficult moral issues through dialogue across multiple related disciplines and in the broader academic and public community.

Our Mission

To improve the health of the public through the development of patient-centered programs related to ethics and professionalism in education, research, clinical service and organizational performance.


  1. Promote patient-centered health care by providing leadership for clinical ethics
  2. Establish and promote initiatives in health ethics and professionalism
  3. Develop innovative programs to enhance relationships between patients and health care professionals
  4. Promote ethical behavior of organizations by encouraging principles of organizational ethics
  5. Collaborate with faculty and other key individuals in developing research


Health Ethics Gift Fund

Upcoming Events

2024 Perez-Mesa Lectureship: "Communicating Science through Art"

  • Thursday, October 3, 2024 at 7:00 pm
  • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Kathleen Sluka
  • Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center

2024 Health Ethics Conference: "Neuroethical Frontiers - Navigating Ethical Responsibilities in the Era of Neuroscience Advancements"

  • Friday, October 4, 2024 from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Pellegrino Keynote Speaker: James L. Bernat, MD
  • Stoney Creek Hotel and Conference Center (with virtual option available)
  • More information and registration will be forthcoming at MU Extension Events.