To support ethics education and facilitate the integration of bioethics into traditional and non-traditional educational and professional settings, the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues (Bioethics Commission) has developed pedagogical materials to facilitate easy access to the material in its reports by professors, instructors, practitioners, and the public.

Users Guides are organized by field and serve as quick reference documents to help professionals and educators identify relevant Bioethics Commission educational materials. Current guides address:

Researchers                                 Public Policy Educators  
Human Subjects Researchers      Legal Educators
Public Health Professionals        Science Educators

Primers target specific audiences to support practical application of some of the Bioethics Commission’s recommendations. Audiences include professionals (e.g., clinicians, researchers, and direct-to-consumer providers) and members of the public (e.g., potential recipients of incidental findings).

Teaching Tools provide a selection of resources for educators in various disciplines to support the integration of ethics and discipline-specific content. Tools are categorized as:

Topic-based modules                   Classroom Discussion Guides
Case Studies                                 Empirical Research Resources

Videos include short videos that can be used to augment classroom activities and webinars that provide information about bioethics education and Bioethics Commission educational materials, including how they can be used to integrate ethics with education in various disciplines.

Materials are free and available through the links to the left.  Instructors are invited to use these materials, or any portion of them, to integrate bioethics into coursework, discussions, and professional development activities in all disciplines. Feedback is welcome, including insight into how the materials have been used and suggestions for how they might be improved for use in the future. Please contact the Bioethics Commission with any questions, comments or suggestions at

Additional materials are under development and will be included upon completion.


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