UM Health Ethics Program Recognized by WHO

UM health ethics programs get global nod – 03/18/2008 – The University of Miami has been name a World Health Organization Collaborating Center on ethics and global health policy, a prestigious designation that raises the school's profile on ethics research.

The decision by the Geneva-based WHO is a recognition of the school's Ethics Programs research on public policy in Latin America and the Caribbean, among other places.

“The WHO collaborating centers are institutions such as research institutes, parts of universities or academies, which are designated by the director-general to carry out activities in support of the organization's programs,” according to the WHO website.

There are more than 900 WHO collaborating centers in 99 member countries, working in areas ranging from chronic diseases to nursing. But only two other collaborating centers in the world specialize in ethics. UM's ethics programs are directed by [UM Business School] law professor Anita Cava and ethics professor Kenneth Goodman.

I'm currently involved in a project on ethical and legal issues relating to medical devices that communicate health data to and about patients with these folks. I would claim credit for having good taste in my choice of collaborators, except that they found me…

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