Education: Collaborative Program in Bioethics (CPB)

Introduced in 1994, the Collaborative Program in Bioethics (CPB), a research-stream graduate program, has admitted more than 130 students and graduated over 90. The 10 participating graduate units are: Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), Graduate Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences (GDPS), Department of Rehabilitation Science (GDRS), Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME), Institute of Medical Science (IMS), Faculty of Law (LAW), Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing (NUR), Department of Philosophy (PHL), Department for the Study of Religion (RLG), and Faculty of Social Work (SW).

The CPB’s intellectual focus is to prepare graduate students for specialization in bioethics, with an emphasis on innovative research drawing from themes in the humanities, law, social sciences, natural and health sciences, reflecting the truly interdisciplinary scope of bioethics. The goal is for students to contribute to original research by applying the methods of empirical, legal and philosophical scholarship to bioethical issues related to health and the delivery of health care in Canada, to the practices of health care professions, to the conduct of health research as well as to the development of health policy.

The academic objectives of the CPB include:

  • to develop and enrich educational and research opportunities in bioethics for students within the disciplines represented by the participating graduate units;
  • to provide experience in multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary and interprofessional education and research;
  • to provide students interested in bioethics with a common learning experience, and a network of mentors and peers;
  • to prepare students who will specialize in bioethics with an emphasis on innovative interdisciplinary research and scholarship in bioethics;
  • to train scholars whose primary goal is to contribute original research in bioethics.