Bioscience Ethics, Policy, and Law
Contact: Jason Robert
The focus of this program is on ethical, social, and policy dimensions of research and practice in the life sciences. Faculty and students in BPL are interested in basic and applied research in biology and biomedicine, as well as in the history and practice of medicine. Through the BPL Program, students may pursue undergraduate or graduate coursework, an MS in Biology, an MA in Applied Ethics and the Professions (Biomedical Ethics track), or a PhD in Biology. Our core vision for the BPL Program is that sound critical engagement with biology is essential to the development of BPL expertise, and so we actively promote an education in biology as part of the foundation of Bioscience Ethics, Policy, and Law training.
Undergraduate and graduate students are welcome to participate in the various activities of the Bioscience Ethics Club, and each year one or two students is selected as a BPL Fellow to assist the BPL Director with a research project or community service venture. BPL administers an internship program in clinical ethics in collaboration with the Mayo Clinic – Scottsdale, and we are developing new internships in response to student interest. In our various projects, we work closely with the Center for the Study of Law, Science, and Technology, the Consortium for Science, Policy, and Outcomes, the Lincoln Center for Applied Ethics, and The University of Arizona College of Medicine – Phoenix, in partnership with Arizona State University.