Medical Ethics Program

The UC Irvine Health Medical Ethics Program is dedicated to improving excellence and quality in patient care and population health.

We seek to accomplish this by integrating all of our initiatives, which include:

  • Clinical practice, by sponsoring the UC Irvine Health Ethics Committee and Ethics Consultation Service
  • Research, by providing ethics advisory consultation for biomedical research initiatives at UC Irvine and supporting scholarship in bioethics
  • Ethics education, by sponsoring ethics teaching for UC Irvine medical students, residents, fellows, faculty and staff
  • Community outreach, by sponsoring education events that engage healthcare providers and community members

Through each of these areas, we promote the mission of UC Irvine Health and UC Irvine School of Medicine: Discover. Teach. Heal.

We aim to situate the practice of medicine and biomedical research within a broad and deep understanding of — and appreciation for — the human condition.

The program’s activities cultivate habits of mind and practices that promote a holistic and humanistic approach to illness, suffering and healing. This approach is combined with a commitment to critical inquiry and scholarship in ethical theory and applied ethics.

Learn more about us and our mission ›

Questions? Contact Program Coordinator Stefanie Yoshii at or 714-456-6749.