Our Mission: Health through Social Justice



The Department of Bioethics & Humanities is dedicated to clarifying, studying, and teaching issues of moral importance in health care, population health, and biomedical research.

  • We will engage with diverse communities to promote health and healthcare equity through new research partnerships.
  • We will innovate and expand our contributions to the Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications of genetics/genomics research and clinical genetic testing, public and population health, public deliberation, community partnerships, and social determinants of health.
  • We will deepen our work in public deliberation in the health sector and in quality and safety to promote health outcomes and population health.
  • We will integrate empirical and normative scholarship and focus on broader policy development that flows from this integration.
  • We will improve and broaden educational programs to address global perspectives, meet the needs of diverse student populations, and extend the reach of our clinical ethics education.
  • We will develop synergistic research partnerships with UW-wide and School of Medicine initiatives.


We are committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity in all facets of our scholarship, teaching, and service. 

  • We believe that the best work in bioethics is achieved when varied perspectives are incorporated, which requires a commitment to including underrepresented voices in our research, education, and practice. 
  • We work to further social, health, and healthcare equity as fundamental to bioethics. This entails partnering with minority and marginalized populations, initiating outreach with underrepresented and minority communities, and leading by example. 
  • In these regards and others, we strive to respect and promote diversity, inclusion, and equity by creating an environment that embodies these values in our recruitment, scholarship, research, education, and service.

For support, see our Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Resources.