The University of Wisconsin established Bioethics as one of the first interdisciplinary programs of its kind in a school of medicine. Faculty members come from diverse disciplines, including medicine, law, philosophy, and anthropology. Through their various activities, these scholars have helped to frame bioethics debates at both the national and international levels. Today, Bioethics faculty members are actively engaged in research, teaching, and service related to stem cell research, reproductive medicine, medical education, health disparities, public health ethics, agricultural and medical biotechnologies, and social science perspectives on bioethical concerns.
Although the program offers no independent degrees in bioethics, interested graduate students can specialize in the subject while earning a degree in philosophy, law, population health sciences, or biotechnology studies (which offers an M.S. degree).