Past News and Events

July 29, 2024, 8:00am

The annual Summer Seminar is an intensive, interactive introduction to the 'four-box method' of analysis of ethical problems in clinical ethics, developed by Jonsen, Siegler, and Winslade in their book Clinical Ethics. The Seminar also addresses elements of the Core Competencies in Health Care Ethics Consultation and can help attendees prepare for the healthcare ethics consultation certification exam.  

June 12, 2024, 12:00pm

Learn about what Plymouth Housing is doing to bridge efforts between the housing, healthcare and social services sector to better serve our unhoused community. Learn how structural changes made between these sectors can create greater ethical impact while improving health outcomes, quality of life, and equity.


1. Identify at least 3 major ethical concerns related to integration of health/behavioral health services in PSH.

May 30, 2024, 12:00pm

Please join the Bioethics and Humanities Department on Zoom for a Grand Rounds presentation by Nora Kenworthy, PhD: Crowded Out: The Costs and Consequences of Crowdfunding Healthcare. Dr. Kenworthy will summarize a decade of mixed-methods research on the use of crowdfunding for health care, highlighting core ethical issues with this increasingly popular strategy for helping pay for care.

May 30, 2024, 11:15am

Applications for 2024 are now closed. We are excited to announce the 2024 Wylie Burke Endowed Scholarship for Diversity! The fund has been established to support University of Washington undergraduate and/or graduate students from diverse social and experiential backgrounds, who are working in interdisciplinary space to study the social, ethical, and policy implications of health research and/or healthcare. Preference shall be for students with affiliation to the Department of Bioethics & Humanities, though students from other UW departments are eligible.


May 8, 2024, 12:00pm

This presentation is an overview of timeless and emerging topics in reproductive bioethics, with a focus on topics in education and on recent challenges to patient autonomy and practice.


1. Define reproductive bioethics;

2. Describe unique ethical challenges in teaching and practice;

3. Review recent local and national bioethics cases.

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