Center for Health Humanities & Ethics

Mission Statement

The UVA Center for Health Humanities & Ethics  is a diverse interprofessional community of scholars, teachers, and practitioners whose interests in the human dimensions of illness, health, and health care bridge clinical and social sciences, arts and humanities, ethics and law, philosophy and religion.

Our mission is to demonstrate the complementary nature of our disciplines while furthering their productive integration and application in the classroom and clinic, at the bedside, and in the community.

The center offers ethics and humanities education for medical students, residents, and faculty in many different formats and venues. In addition, center faculty teach graduate and undergraduate courses in biomedical ethics and humanities across a number of UVA schools and programs.  

Center’s Statement on Structural Injustices in the COVID-19 Era

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Beth Epstein, PhD, RN, HEC-C, FAAN, has been appointed Associate Dean for Academic Programs in the School of Nursing

The School of Nursing is pleased to announce Beth Epstein is their new Associate Dean for Academic Programs, effective immediately. Beth stepped into the role of interim director of academic affairs over the last year during what has been one of the most turbulent periods in nursing, healthcare, academia—and history. This is so very well-deserved! Congratulations Beth, all of us at the Center are so very proud of you.
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Lois Shepherd, JD, appointed to the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections

We are delighted to announce that Lois Shepherd, JD, Wallenborn Professor of Biomedical Ethics, Professor of Law, Professor of Public Health Sciences and Co-director, Studies in Reproductive Ethics and Justice in the School of Medicine’s Center for Health Humanities and Ethics has been appointed for a four-year term to the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Human Research Protections (SACHRP) in the federal Department of Health and Human Services. Well done Lois, and congratulations!
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Donna Chen, University of Virginia's Center for Health Humanities and Ethics

Donna Chen, MD, awarded the 2021 All-University Teaching Award

The UVA Provost Office Teaching Awards Committee awarded Donna Chen, Associate Professor of Public Health Sciences and Core Faculty in the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics, the 2021 All-University Teaching Award. Chen was selected for her dedicated, passionate, creative, and equity-focused teaching and mentorship of students. She was particularly lauded for maintaining her exceptional teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic and for her ability to foster community and connection among her students.
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