The UVA Center for Health Humanities and Ethics is a diverse inter-professional 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.

The Center

  • Leads the ethics education curriculum in the School of Medicine’s undergraduate medical education
  • Provides consultation services in clinical and research ethics for the UVA Health System.
  • Offers interdisciplinary and interprofessional graduate courses that combine medical, nursing, law, and public health sciences students.
  • Engages in research, scholarship, and policy work in health humanities and ethics with particular emphasis among its faculty on medical education, reproductive and sexual health, human subjects research, quality improvement, neuro-ethics, and end-of-life decision-making.
  • Is home to Medical Center Hour, the School of Medicine’s weekly forum on medicine and society.
  • Includes a program in Studies in Reproductive Ethics and Justice, which pursues scholarship, teaching, policy, and media support for reproductive and sexual health.