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About the Department of Bioethics and Humanities

Welcome to the Department of Bioethics and Humanities. The primary strength of the department is its rich, talented, interdisciplinary nature, which is a function of the faculty.  Capitalizing on this strength and expanding the visibility of the department has emerged as a key goal for us. 

The Department provides academic education and professional training in bioethics and humanities through an MA in Bioethics; an undergraduate Minor in Bioethics and Humanities; curricula in clinical ethics and professionalism for medical students, residents, and fellows; and sponsored continuing education activities for practicing health care professionals.

Welcome to new faculty

Rosalina D. James, PhD Assistant Professor
Rose James was appointed Assistant Professor of bioethics effective July 1. Rose joined the department in 2005 as a Senior Fellow and transitioned to an Acting Assistant Professor in 2009.  Rose will continue her work involving tribal-academic partnerships in research and education.  Each fall, Rose teaches BH 460 on the responsible conduct of research.    


Congratulations to Kelly Edwards
Effective October 1, Kelly begins her tenure as Associate Dean of The Graduate School.  Kelly started in this role in an Acting capacity during 2012.  Kelly’s work in The Graduate School focuses on professional development and support for graduate students and post-doctoral fellows.


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Save the Date: 2014 Summer Seminar in Health Care Ethics

The 27th annual Summer Seminar will occur the week of August 4-8, 2014 on the UW campus. To ensure receipt of a brochure, please email Information about the course will be available in the spring at:



Alumna Jessie Turnbull was featured in the UWMedicine Connections newsletter highlighting members of the Class of 2013.  Read her profile HERE.

We welcome the members of our newest cohort of MA in Bioethics students: Cara Friang and Kate Gentry!  

Michelle Drews, 2013 President's Medal

Michelle is a B H Minor student who has taken all of Dr. Berryman's courses and most of Dr. Jecker's courses. Michelle is also a leader in the MEDIC group working closely with Dr. Berryman. Michelle will be awared the President's Medal at the UW Awards Ceremony June 13th, at 3:30 pm in Meany Hall. The President's Medal is awarded to two graduating seniors who have achieved the most distinguished academic records at the University one to a student who has completed at least three-fourths of his or her degree requirements at the UW and one to a student who entered the University from a Washington community college.

Congratulations Michelle!


Have you seen the online American Medical Association's Journal of Ethics? It is a great resource for ethical issues, case studies, ethics polls, and podcasts.

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization has launched a project titled Global Ethics Observatory. It is a world-wide network of databases in bioethics and in other areas of applied ethics including lists of experts in the field of ethics, ethics institutions, ethics teaching programs, and a database of legislation, guidelines and regulations relating to ethics.

Open Spaces: Views from the Northwest is a quarterly magazine for voices from the Northwest that speak with knowledge and insight to issues affecting people in every region. It is created in Seattle, Washington and Portland, Oregon. Open Spaces offers perceptive articles as well as thought provoking stories, essays and poetry on many subjects including medicine, politics, publishing, culture, law, science, music, business, art, education, health, sleep, food, travel and gardening.

"The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks"

Dr. Kelly Edwards, Dr. Malia Fullerton, and Sue Trinidad have developed a discussion guide for use with Rebecca Skloot's book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks". Click here to download the guide.



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