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Faculty who address the substantive areas of law and health studies frequently are scholars in the areas of ethics and philosophy.

Stephen J. Morse

One such scholar is Stephen J. Morse Ferdinand Wakeman Hubbell Professor of Law who holds an additional appointment as Professor of Psychology and Law in the Psychiatry Department. He is a renowned expert in law, criminal behavior, mental health, insanity defense and moral philosophy. Last year he team-taught a perspectives course in “Cognitive Neuroscience” with a psychology professor and a research associate in philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences. At the Law School he teaches “Freedom and Responsibility” and lectures as a member of the Institute for Law and Philosophy.

Several students have pursued coursework through the Center for Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, an interdisciplinary, interprofessional unit of the Penn Health System. In the School of Medicine, the Center comprises a Division of Bioethics in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Engineering, and its concomitant Institute for Human Gene Therapy. The Center’s mission in all these capacities is to advance scholarly and public understanding of ethical, legal, social and public policy issues in health care.

In 1997, the Center for Bioethics developed one of the first – and largest – master’s programs in the nation in the field. The Master of Bioethics degree integrates training in empirical methods, liberal arts and medical school teaching. It is designed to give medical professionals as well as those in related fields the interdisciplinary training needed to address the ethical challenges in health care today and tomorrow.

The joint J.D./M.B. degree in Law and Bioethics is designed to provide students with the interdisciplinary training they will need to address legal, moral and policy challenges in the health-care and biotechnology industries.

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