The Department of Bioethics has seamlessly integrated into a multitude of the University’s curricula, continuing a humanistic quest embarked upon almost 50 years ago by offering of both mandatory and elective courses, enhancing general university education and diverse fields of study. The Department offers an extensive selection of foundational courses in social sciences and humanities, all dedicated to upholding the University’s humanistic tradition. Our educational approach nurtures the worldview, ethical comprehension, and communication skills of students from diverse disciplines such as medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, public health, nursing, veterinary medicine, and animal science. This is achieved in a manner that values education and the instilling of profound values.
The Department’s general research topic is “Health as a Social, Cultural, and Ethical Value”. The research studies conducted at the Department integrate the application of socio-humanitarian sciences in health care and primarily concentrate on three distinct areas:
- Ensuring the protection of human rights and dignity from the beginning to the end of life.
- Patient-centred ethics and communication in personal health care.
- Social and cultural contexts of human-animal interaction and health care.
Since 2000, the Department has been training PhD students in biomedical sciences in the field of public health. 6 PhD students have obtained the degree of Doctor of Biomedical Sciences in Public Health. The Department also offers postdoctoral studies.