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A more ethical world where individuals and communities have equitable capacity for health.


The Center for Urban Bioethics is committed to eliminating health disparities through education and research.

We conduct interdisciplinary education to give clinicians, researchers and policy makers the tools to advance health equity.

We foster community-driven research to influence structural change that impacts medical care and sectors beyond it.

We design innovative models  to address the most prevalent issues our communities  face.

Social justice and solidarity with our community form the  unifying thread of our work.

About the Center

The Center for Urban Bioethics at Temple University was established in 2010. Through support and the financial backing of a seed grant awarded by Temple University’s Office of the Provost, the Center for Urban Bioethics quickly became a leader and pioneer in the field, creating the first Master of Arts degree program in Urban Bioethics in the country. We have established a unique foothold within the world of bioethics.

The Center consists of faculty and staff from a variety of disciplines, including physicians, clinicians, juris doctorates, social workers, anthropologists, community health workers and other partners. Having the Center rooted in community engagement is paramount. Therefore, community residents are central to the design, implementation and evaluation of our programs – and we  employ key staff from the North Philadelphia community who enhance the credibility and effectiveness of our research, programs and educational initiatives.