Affiliated Programs

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity (CBHD)

The Center for Bioethics & Human Dignity is a bioethics research center at Trinity International University that explores the intersection of medicine, technology, and our individual and common humanity. Established in 1994, CBHD brings distinctly Christian reflection to bear on current and emerging bioethical challenges that is both academically rigorous and broadly accessible. Such issues include end-of-life concerns, euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide, infertility and reproductive technologies, genetic interventions, biotechnologies (e.g., stem cell research, cloning, synthetic biology), emerging technologies (e.g., nanotechnology, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, robotics), and disability ethics, among many other issues. Working within a Judeo-Christian Hippocratic framework, CBHD fosters rigorous research, theological and conceptual analysis, charitable critique, and thoughtful engagement, to bring clarity to these complex issues of our day.

In short, the Center articulates Christian bioethics within the academy and provides credible, current, and comprehensive resources from a distinctly Christian perspective to assist in making wise decisions for ethical dilemmas that arise in medicine, science, and technology.

In addition to its annual summer conference, the Center has hosted a number of consultations, and regional and international conferences, and has produced a wide range of print publications and electronic resources. As an early provider of online resources, CBHD’s websites host a spectrum of resources on a wide diversity of topics from introductory materials to scholarly resources for a global audience. As a leading voice in Christian bioethics, CBHD staff and fellows have appeared in a wide range of print, radio, and television media, provided congressional testimony, and are regular speakers at universities, conferences, and churches. In this regard, CBHD serves as a visible expression of TIU’s emphasis on cultural engagement.

Primary Websites:

  • CBHD (CBHD’s flagship site, providing scholarly resources in Christian bioethics as well as updates on the Center’s latest work and initiatives.)

  • Everyday Bioethics (Accessible resources for pastors, church leaders, and everyday individuals looking for introductory resources.)

  • (Global news site, provides the latest updates in bioethics news, issues, and events.)

Conferences on the Trinity Campus:

Office of Extension and Affiliated Education

The Office of Extension and Affiliated Education is committed to assisting the church develop professional and lay leaders through nontraditional forms of education. These include such off-campus learning experiences and primary delivery systems as extension sites and distance education courses. Graduate school prerequisites may, in some cases, be met through Office of Extension and Affiliated Education courses. Contact the Admissions Office or the Office of Extension and Affiliated Education for additional information. Students desiring to pursue Office of Extension and Affiliated Education courses as part of their master’s program should consult their Program Chair.