The IU Center for Bioethics is committed to educating students at IU and beyond about bioethics and related topics, and preparing the next generation of healthcare providers, researchers, and future experts in bioethics. 

Students in all areas can learn from confronting key bioethics questions facing our society, such as when life begins and ends, how to assure justice in health care, how best to respect human choice and human dignity, and how to manage new technology such as genetics. 

Bioethics education must also help future and current healthcare providers and researchers learn how best to support their patients and research participants while fulfilling other obligations. Ethics education goes beyond science to help those in healthcare and the health sciences understand the ethical basis for their professions and the relationship between medicine, society, and health. 

The IU Center for Bioethics supports educational offerings in three areas:

Graduate Education / Responsible Conduct of Research / Bioethics Teaching Across Campus


Graduate Education

The Center supports the graduate program in bioethics based at the IUPUI Philosophy Department, which offers an MA, graduate certificate, and doctoral minor in bioethics. Students can get a combined MD/ MA, JD/MD, or MPH/MA in bioethics. Center faculty teach in other graduate programs, including the Fairbanks Fellowship in Medical Ethics and the Graduate Certificate in Medical Humanities at IUPUI. Click here for more information.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

The Center offers courses and training in RCR for graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty that fulfills NIH requirements for recipients of K-, T-, and F- grants. These educational offerings are part of the Bioethics and Participant Advocacy Program (BPAP) of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (Indiana CTSI). Click here for more information.

Graduate Fellowships

The Center provides limited graduate assistanships to qualified students, often students in the bioethics program. The assistantship provides a stipend, tuition waiver, and health insurance. For more information for this opportunity, click here.