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.  

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

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2021 Summer Biomedical Ethics Internship

The Program in Biomedical Ethics at the Center for Health Humanities and Ethics at the University of Virginia School of Medicine invites applications for the 2021 summer Biomedical Ethics Internship Program. Interns will have the opportunity to work closely with the Program’s multidisciplinary faculty on a wide range of topics in clinical, research, and health policy ethics. These include, but are not limited to neuroethics, disorders of consciousness, clinical ethics consultation, interprofessional clinical ethics education, end-of-life decision making, rights to refuse medical treatment, reproductive ethics, and ethical issues in adolescence. Interns will work directly with faculty mentors on projects of mutual interest or pre-established projects. Additional opportunities such as weekly bioethics seminars, observation of clinical ethics consultations, and participation in weekly Ethics/Moral Distress Consult Service meetings are available. The internships are seven weeks duration, beginning Tuesday, June 1 and ending Friday, July 30.
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COVID 19

COVID-19 Ethics Resources

This portion of our website provides relevant articles from the literature regarding ethical issues that have or may arise during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will keep it updated, and welcome any suggested additions that you might have.
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photo of the Center for health humanities and ethics report on Center Activities for January 2020

January 2020 report on Center Activities

The Center's 2020 report on Center Activities can be found here.
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Help us in our continuing efforts 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.