Location: Clinical Research Centre
5849 University Avenue
Room C-315
P.O. Box 15000
Halifax, NS
B3H 4R2
Telephone: (902) 494-3801
Fax: (902) 494-3865



The Department of Bioethics promotes social justice and advances 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.

Med I and II

Bioethics is extensively integrated into the Professional Competencies Unit in Med 1 and 2. The focus is on integrating evidence and clinical approaches with ethical principles, in the context of an emphasis on critical thinking.


Healthcare ethics is integrated with health law, relevant regulatory considerations and clinical practice under the conceptual umbrella of professionalism, during the four PIER transition sections during the clerkship years (Med III & IV). Ethics is also incorporated into another component of the PIERs, the Integrated Care Experiences (ICEs) cases.

Postgraduate Education

The Department collaborates with specialties to meet their CanMEDS educational commitments. Integration of ethical analysis is also facilitated by participation of faculty in Grand Rounds, Journal Club and inter-disciplinary seminars.


A wide range of medical students and resident elective projects are supervised by departmental faculty.