Foundations of Bioethics (4-Day Program)

2022 Program - update

June 1, 2022

We are delighted to announce we will be offering our 4-day Foundations of Bioethics program online from October 11-14th, 2022.  This program will be virtual and will offer some live programming along with online discussions. Our faculty are well-versed in providing virtual programming and delighted to engage with you this summer.  The program will contain our signature programming which provides an overview of ethical theory, case-based learning, history of bioethics, and also materials addressing our most pressing global challenges, from dilemmas at the patient’s bedside to climate change.    **We may have an in-person component, depending on Covid and University guidelines. **

Please see our 2021 Program Guide for more information on the program structure and content.

Wishing you health in the days to come,

Lori Bruce, MA, MBE, HEC-C

Director, Sherwin B. Nuland Summer Institute in Bioethics
Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics, Yale University
Co-Director, Adult Ethics Committee, Yale-New Haven Hospital
Chair, Community Bioethics Forum, Yale School of Medicine


The Foundations Program

This program is intended for those who are interested in ethics as it relates to the clinical setting, research, policy, and law as well as the history and theories of bioethics. Topics will be explored through lectures, case studies, and small-group break-out sessions. Attendees will include graduate students, professionals, and undergraduate students. Recent attendees include physicians, legal scholars, nurses, social workers, chaplains, and professors from Japan, China, Serbia, Canada, the US, Turkey, and 20 other countries, along with students from Australia, the US, Canada, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Spain, Brazil, and so forth. Our audience tends to include clinicians, students, philosophers, chaplains, attorneys, public health officials, and anthropoligists.  To discuss whether the program is a good fit for you, contact Lori Bruce, Program Director, at

2021 Program Guide

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this four-day program, participants will be able to answer:

  • What is bioethics, and what is ethical theory?
  • What are the main principles, concepts, and common terms in bioethics?
  • What methods, frameworks, and arguments are commonly used in bioethics?
  • What are the most pressing issues in bioethics today (in research, law & policy, clinical ethics, and more)?

Program Schedule

Our 2022 program guide will be available in late spring.  Please see our 2021 Program Guide for more information on the program structure and content.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing Education credits (ACCMEs) will not be provided in 2022.


The 2022 program will be virtual. A selection of live events will be offered between 9 am and 5 pm ET. 


To request a slot, email us at with a short summary (3-5 sentences) of your interest in the program and your current position.  The 2022 program will be more limited in size than our usual in-person offering.

Costs & Payment 

$600 students, $650 young professionals, $900 advanced professionals.

Full payment of the program fee is due 30 days after receiving a letter of acceptance. 

Payment information is available here

Withdrawal Policy

Registrants who pay, then withdraw from the program, are subject to the following refund schedule:
  • 75% of the program fee is refunded if withdrawal notification is received before April 15
  • 50% of the program fee is refunded if withdrawal notification is received between April 15th and May 11th.
  • After May 11th, no refund can be offered.

Planning Your Visit


When the program returns to campus in 2023, the program will be held within 4 blocks of the Bioethics Center (238 Prospect St, New Haven, CT). Short-term housing options include small, local inns as well as hotels.  Some frequently used options include:

The Oden House (formerly Farnam Guest House)

The Omni Hotel

The Study

The Courtyard by Marriott New Haven at Yale


Short-term weekly rentals.  

Travel to Yale

Information about the closest airports, along with ideas about how to travel to/from Yale, is located here:


For 2023 planning purposes, meals are not provided in the Foundations program.  The following options are located close to the Bioethics Center.

Breakfast, lunch, and coffee is available at the KBT Café. They only accept credit cards. See their website:

Lunch is often “at the carts” where many local vendors sell Ethiopian, Middle Eastern, Indian, and other types of meals.  The carts are located near Yale’s Ingalls Rink. 

Abundant dinner options are available in downtown New Haven.


There are a variety of options for parking, including fairly numerous street parking spots. Parking on Prospect St. is available through meters at $1.50/hour, all day long; you can pay via credit card or coins/dollar fills and you can feed the meter for a full day. Another option is the Lock Street Garage at Yale Health, which is a pay-to-park indoor garage four blocks from the location. To learn more about other parking options in New Haven, visit

Continuing Education Credits

For 2023 and beyond, up to 22.75 ACCMEs may be earned, based on days of attendance. 

Previous Years

Our 2018 program is available here; our 2019 program is available here.