We endeavor to promote ethical engagement, mutual respect and critical reflection on matters of moral concern in health care.

The John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre is the only interdisciplinary, academic health ethics centre in Alberta and one of the first in Canada.

The Dossetor Centre reaches out to scholars, students, health-care practitioners, clinical ethics committee members, health-care administrators, patients and their families, media and the general public through:

  • Health Ethics Seminar Series
  • Health Ethics Symposium
  • Issues in Health Ethics Series
  • Grand Rounds
  • Health Ethics Today, a newsletter published two to three times per year with a local, provincial, national, and international distribution list, including all medical doctors across Alberta.
  • Media contacts to discuss health ethics topics in the news

The Dossetor Centre has also developed a partnership with Alberta Health Services to provide support to the clinical ethicists and clinical ethics committees for the University of Alberta Hospital, the Stollery Children’s Hospital and the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute.

Conducting research on a broad spectrum of ethical, moral and human-rights issues, including:

  • clinical practice
  • compassion
  • disability ethics
  • human rights
  • mental health
  • moral distress
  • health policy
  • gender issues
  • public health
  • relational and reproduction ethics
  • neonatology-perinatology
  • professionalism

Teaching health ethics to students of all levels across many faculties at the University of Alberta. Education opportunities include:

  • INT D 570: Healthcare Ethics
  • INT D 670: Research Ethics
  • Medical Sub-Specialty Ethics Teaching
  • CanMEDS Selective in Ethics and Communications
  • Undergraduate Medical Student Elective, An Experience in Bioethics

Health Ethics in the News

Health Ethics Today Newsletter

Health Ethics Today is a publication of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre. The journal focuses on ethical issues in healthcare. Health Ethics Today endeavors to promote ethical reflection and education on matters of moral concern in healthcare.

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