Center for Bioethics at the University of Minnesota

Established in 1985, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Bioethics is a nationally prominent, yet locally focused, resource that conducts important research and provides educational programs and services to help students, professionals, policy makers, and the public confront the complex ethical issues emerging in health care and the life sciences. The University of Minnesota, the state legislature, and a progressive health-care oriented community have helped make the Center one of the most respected and highly visible bioethics programs in the country … (about 1/2).

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Address: N504 Boynton, 410 Church St. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA;
Contact. Phone 612-624-9440, Fax 612-624-9108, e-mail.

About 2/2: … Faculty from the schools of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, public health, law, and the College of Liberal Arts have developed a curriculum that is both theoretical and applied; both focused and broad; and the deans of these schools serve as the Center’s Board of Directors. 

The Center is a member of the Consortium on Law and Values The Consortium links sixteen leading centers and programs at the University of Minnesota to address legal, ethical, and policy implications of the life sciences.

Our Mission

The mission of the Center is to advance and disseminate knowledge concerning ethical issues in health care and the life sciences. The Center carries out this mission by conducting original interdisciplinary research, offering educational programs and courses, fostering public discussion and debate through community outreach activities, and assisting in the formulation of public policy.

The Center is open to all points of view regarding moral values and principles. Its research reflects a strong belief in combining the strengths of various disciplines and professions. When possible, research findings are integrated with policy analysis.

The Center provides education in bioethics for University students, faculty, and staff; professionals in health care and related fields; and interested members of the general public.

Why Bioethics?

We live in an era of constant technological innovation and advances in scientific understanding. These have provided us with health care opportunities unknown to previous generations, but also created situations where we must make complex decisions on vital issues.

From the bedsides of dying patients where physicians and family members confront critical choices, to national and state capitols where legislators struggle to shape equitable health care policies; people are grappling with the issues of bioethics. Assisted reproduction, genetic testing, and allocation of organs are among the issues that challenge us.

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