Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy


The Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy’s mission is to conduct innovative multidisciplinary research on ethical issues arising in clinical practice and biomedical research. This research informs the education of trainees at all levels and contributes to the development of health policy at the local, national, and international levels. There are many ways that you can help support this mission. In particular, your donation will benefit: 

Ethics Track Students

"I feel like the Ethics Track helped open my eyes to different ethical issues and gave me a framework for how to work through them."

Donations will support students in the Ethics Track by sponsoring their graduation and trips to professional conferences. The award-winning Ethics Track is Baylor’s first “track” of electives and is designed for medical students seeking to develop greater knowledge and expertise in medical ethics.  Students who complete the BCM Ethics Track are awarded a Certificate in Medical Ethics. The professional conferences provide a wonderful opportunity for students to be exposed to cutting edge medical ethics work and to network with other students, academics, and practicing clinicians who are interested in medical ethics. 

Community Outreach Programs

Bioethics on Stage hosted by the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy

Donations will support community outreach programs to create a meaningful connection between the work we do and the people whose lives are impacted by these important ethical questions.

For example, the center hosted “Bioethics on Stage” June 12, 2014 at DiverseWorks where play readers presented the story of the fictional Friedman family and examined the impact on each family member of making decisions about participation in a research protocol and genetic testing. Audience members served as the ethics consultants, and between scenes discussed the ethical dilemma the characters face. Read more about the event on:                                                     

Culture Map Houston.
TMC Pulse
BCM Momentum Blog.

Faculty Research

Dr. Blumenthal-Barby, Ph.D., one of the center's research faculty.

Donations will support faculty research to study the ethical and policy challenges in healthcare in the 21st-century. Examples of cutting edge faculty research include examining the ethical implications of genomics and human microbiome research, ethical issues involved in medical decision making, the ethical implications of moral distress, and ethical and policy issues related to the development and implementation of emerging technologies. Please explore a full list of our ongoing research projects