PhD Concentration in Bioethics & Health Policy
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The concentration in Bioethics and Health Policy is designed for students who want bioethics to be the distinguishing focus of their career in public health.
This concentration differs from most other bioethics doctoral programs in two important ways: first, it focuses on bioethics as it relates to moral questions in public health and health policy (rather than, for example, in clinical decision-making or bedside dilemmas); and second, it provides rigorous training in quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods.
Students and faculty in this concentration study and conduct independent research on ethical issues in population health practice, research, and policy such as: ethics and emergency preparedness, domestic and international research ethics, genetic screening policy, ethics and obesity prevention, ethics and infectious diseases, HIV screening, social justice and resource allocation.
By the end of their PhD training, students are prepared to provide not only normative recommendations regarding ethics and public health policy but also are equipped to function as independent researchers, conducting empirical research related to bioethics, public health and health policy.
Students enrolled in the Bioethics and Health Policy concentration participate in a variety of educational opportunities in bioethics and health policy, including lectures and seminars sponsored by the Berman Institute of Bioethics, the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and collaborations with the Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University. Students take courses within the Department of Health Policy and Management and the Bloomberg School, as well as the Johns Hopkins Krieger School of Arts and Sciences and Georgetown University.
Below is a list of recent graduates’ current positions and dissertation titles for the PhD Concentration in Bioethics and Health Policy.
|Graduate Name||Current Position||Dissertation Title|
|Rachel Fabi (2018)||Assistant Professor: SUNY Upstate Medical University||Publicly funded prenatal care for undocumented immigrants: A comparative case study in policy, practice and ethics|
|Leila Jamal (2017)||Genetics Counselor: National Institute for Allergy and Infection Disease, NIH||Exploring prenatal involvement in rare disease research and advocacy|
|Lee-Lee Ellis (2015)||Health Researcher: Mathematica Policy Research||Characterizing patient engagement in research funded by the patient-centered outcomes research institute and exploring the moral importance or patient engagement in research|
|Amy Paul (2015)||Sustainability and Transition Advisor: USAID||Triangulating transition: Conceptual, practical, and ethical considerations for sustaining program impact through transitions to local ownership|
|Danielle Whicher (2014)||Senior Program Officer: National Academy of Medicine||Rethinking informed consent requirements for pragmatic comparative effectiveness trials|
|Krista Harrison (2013)||Assistant Professor of Geriatrics: University of California, San Francisco||Forks in the road: Organizational values and health care resource allocation decisions in the provision of access to care for the uninsured|
|JP Leider||Independent Consultant: JP Leider Research and Consulting, LLC||Setting budgets and priorities in public health practice: A mixed-methods study of resource allocation in state health agencies|
|Jessica Holzer (2012)||Assistant Professor: Hofstra University School of Health Professions||Community engagement research: Lessons from clinical and translational science award program and the development of a framework to determine the ethical duty to engage communities in research|
|Jason Gerson (2009)||Associate Director of CER Methods: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute||Freedoms, functionings, and the ethics of health promotion|
|Ingrid Burger (2007)||Radiologist, Chief of Ultrasound: Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center||Ethics and policy issues in the diffusion and marketing of computed tomography (CT) screening exams|
|Neal Dickert (2006)||Assistant Professor of Medicine: Emory University School of Medicine||Maintaining respect at the margins of agency: Respect for persons and research in emergency settings|
|Summer Johnson McGee (2006)||Dean: University of New Haven School of Health Sciences||The impact of presidential bioethics commissions: An assessment of outcomes in public bioethics|
|Julia Slutsman (2003)||Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs: Children's National Medical Center||Assessing physicians' attitudes toward the federal health information privacy rule (HIPAA Privacy Rule) and associated organizational compliance efforts|
|Sara Chandros Hull (1999)||Faculty: National Institutes of Health's Department of Bioethics Clinical Center||Sickle cell disease, cystic fibrosis, and reproduction: A qualitative study of affected adult and health care provider perspectives|
|Andrea Kalfoglou (1999)||Director of Health Administration and Policy Program: University of Maryland, Baltimroe County||The experiences of ooccyte donors|