Founded in 2019, the Center for Population-Level Bioethics (CPLB) is a center dedicated to the study of macro-level bioethical dilemmas: those that arise outside the clinical encounter, at the level of the population, the state, the country, or the globe. Questions of interest range from the theoretical to the applied, for example how to conceptualize, measure and evaluate health inequalities or disease severity; how to prioritize resources between disease areas, rural and urban patients, and age cohorts or generations; the acceptability of paternalistic health promotion measures; equitable resource allocation during pandemic; and many others. Our approach emphasizes collaboration and interdisciplinarity, and seeks to inform and be informed by other fields of inquiry such as general ethics and philosophy, health policy, and health economics. We welcome innovative questions and methods and ambitious thinking, and value clear presentation of ideas, potentially using formal tools. CPLB brings together faculty and collaborators at Rutgers and beyond and will expand further in the near future.
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university. Its... partners form one of the nation's largest academic health care systems, and the largest in New Jersey. Its Philosophy department, with which all current CPLB faculty are affiliated, has consistently been ranked second in the country by the Philosophical Gourmet Report, and has particular strength and renowned faculty in applied and normative ethics.
CPLB is part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS), New Jersey’s academic health center, which takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research—all with the goal of improving human health. RBHS oversees eight schools, a behavioral health network, and multiple centers and institutes. CPLB is creating research partnerships within RBHS, within Rutgers, nationally, and internationally.
Our offices are located in the center of New Brunswick, about an hour away from New York City, at the beautiful Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research.