About CBHD

Our Purpose:

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD) is a Christian bioethics research center at Trinity International University that explores the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. CBHD fosters a distinctly Christian conception of bioethics that is both academically rigorous and broadly accessible.


What We Do:

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity explores the nexus of biomedicine, biotechnology, and our common humanity. Within a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic framework, we anticipate, interpret, and engage the pressing bioethical issues of our day. As a center of rigorous research, theological and conceptual analysis, charitable critique, and thoughtful engagement, we bring clarity to the complex issues of our day

Our Origins:

In 1993, more than a dozen leading Christian bioethicists gathered to assess the noticeable lack of explicit Christian engagement in the crucial bioethics arena. This group sponsored a major conference in May 1994, "The Christian Stake in Bioethics," and concurrently launched The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity. In 2007, CBHD formally became a center of Trinity International University.

Our Involvement:

Over the years, the Center has initiated a variety of projects, including a number of conferences, consultations, and publications. As a leading voice, CBHD staff and fellows have appeared in a wide range of print, radio, and television news sources. In addition, the Center has collaborated over the years with a variety of organizations, including the Christian Medical and Dental Associations, Nurses Christian Fellowship, and the Christian Legal Society, as well as international institutions including the Centre for Bioethics and Public Policy and the Linacre Center both in London, England, the Lindeboom Institute for Medical Ethics in Ede, Holland, and the Ustav Medicinskej Etiky a Bioetiky, in Bratislava, Slovakia. For a more extensive listing of our involvement click here.

For more specific questions, we encourage you to read more about the Center on our FAQs page. To learn more about bioethics degree options at Trinity, we encourage you to visit Trinity Graduate School's website. To receive additional information on the Center or on issues related to bioethics and human dignity, please contact us at:


The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity
Trinity International University
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015 USA
Voice: 847.317.8180 (toll free: 888.BIOETHICS)
Fax: 847.317.8101
E-mail: info@cbhd.org