Our Story.


The McGovern Center examines the moral, spiritual, and cultural aspects of biomedical science and the health care professions. Our faculty is trained in various disciplines: history, medical humanities, philosophy, ethics, religious studies, and law. We teach students and work with faculty in the schools of medicine, nursing, dentistry, public health, and biomedical and health information sciences. We produce documentary films. We provide instructional seminars and programs to facilitate culture change and organizational change at academic health science centers and health care institutions. Our research touches on issues such as privacy and discrimination in genetic diseases, the impact of meditation on recovery during breast cancer treatment, ethical issues in later life, physician suffering and impairment, faculty health and well-being, pastoral psychology, and competency assessment in geriatrics.