About

Advancing ethics

The Department of Bioethics is an academic department at Dalhousie Medical School in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Our primary focus is on advancing ethics in and of health care practice.

Collaborating with practitioners, educators, learners, policy makers and health organizations, we develop ethics capacity in multiple spheres of health. Challenging questions and issues emerge in these contexts, and in our scholarship, we explore and enhance understanding of their ethical dimensions.

Education

We are keenly interested in the translation and application of ethics concepts, theories, and knowledge to health care practice. The department provides leadership in integrating ethics into the undergraduate curriculum for medical students, such as with the Professional Competencies unit.

We are also engaged in postgraduate and continuing education in bioethics. We offer graduate courses in health care ethics, but do not currently have a graduate program. Find out more about how we are involved in education.

Please note: Dalhousie does not offer a formal degree in bioethics at this time.

 

Ethics collaborations

One of the unique features of our department is the long-standing ethics collaborations with the Capital District Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre. The department, on behalf of Dalhousie Medical School, is also a collaborating partner with the Nova Scotia Health Ethics Network. These collaborations help ensure a strong connection between our scholarship and education in ethics with the realities of practice in the healthcare system.

Scholarship

The department’s research and scholarly activities centre on key issues in health care, and we collaborate broadly on topics of common interest. We are committed to developing tools and frameworks that assist with the translation and application of ethics in health practice.

Research ethics approvals

Please note that this department does not conduct ethics reviews of research projects. Find out more about ethics approvals at Dalhousie Medical School