International Work

Study Abroad

2014 London program students group photo

Since 1986, undergraduate and medical students have been going to London through the Medical Ethics and Health Policy London Study Abroad program. This five-week summer program compares the ethics and health policy of U.S. health care delivery and the British National Health Service. Center Professor Dr. Len Fleck serves at the course instructor. For more information on the Summer 2018 program, visit this page.

Pictured: The 2014 London program students pose for a group photo with Dr. Fleck, taken outside Regent's University.

International Partnerships and Collaborations

The Center for Ethics faculty are continually working to establish and maintain international partnerships to connect and collaborate with the larger bioethics community. Below is a representation of ongoing projects and affiliations, as well as notable items from the past. Additional information about international items, such as conference presentations, can be found on the MSU Bioethics Blog.

Current Work

Southeast University

Tom Tomlinson and Guobin Cheng at ASBH 2017Nanjing, China
The Center, together with the Department of Philosophy, entered into an affiliation agreement with the School of Humanities at Southeast University (SEU) in Nanjing, China in 2010. Under that agreement, the Center has hosted a visiting professor of medical ethics in 2015-16 (Dr. Guobin Cheng), and a visiting SEU PhD student. Drs. Tom Tomlinson and Devan Stahl have traveled to Southeast University to give talks, and continue to collaborate on research projects.

Related items:

Pictured: Dr. Tomlinson (left) and Dr. Cheng at their presentation at the 2017 American Society for Bioethics and Humanities Annual Conference.

The Network of European Funding for Neuroscience Research (NEURON)

Center Assistant Professor Dr. Laura Cabrera is a principal investigator on the European Research Area Network (ERA-NET) NEURON funded project, “Media Coverage of Psychiatric Neurosurgery: Cross-national Investigations of Public Reactions and Attitudes.” Canada, Germany, and Spain are the main partners on this project. Visit our research page for more information.

International Neuroethics Society

Dr. Laura Cabrera is a 2016-2018 member of the Emerging Issues Advisory Task Force, which advises and assists the International Neuroethics Society in strengthening its international voice in the field of neuroethics. Dr. Cabrera is also a member of the Communication, Outreach, and Membership Committee. Visit for more information.

La Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética

Dr. Laura Cabrera is an honorific member of La Asociación Mexicana de Neuroética, an academic organization based in Mexico that is composed of an interdisciplinary group of professionals interested in neuroscientific issues.

Past Work

Brocher Foundation Visiting Scholar Fellowships

Len Fleck with Brocher Fellows and staff in 2011

Hermance, Switzerland
The Brocher Foundation is a Swiss non-profit private foundation that encourages multidisciplinary research on medical development. Dr. Len Fleck was a visiting researcher in 2011, working on edited volumes on the subject of rational democratic deliberation relating to advances in genetic technologies, and ethical issues related to bedside rationing.

Dr. Laura Cabrera was also a visiting researcher in 2011 and 2013, working on “Global health: towards social enhancement,” and “Legal and Ethical Issues in Animal-Human Brain Chimera Research,” respectively.

Pictured: Dr. Cabrera (front, second from left) and Dr. Fleck (front, fifth from left) with the Brocher Foundation Fellows and staff in Geneva, Switzerland in 2011.

University of Malawi and Fogarty International Center

Fogarty Fellows apple picking in Michigan

Zomba, Malawi
With the support of the U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center, the Center engaged in an international training program in partnership with the University of Malawi College of Medicine, dedicated to enhancing bioethics capacity in Sub-Saharan Africa. The training grant assisted African scholars to develop active research and teaching programs in the area of research ethics.

Read: Informed Consent in Africa for Adolescents’ Participation in Health Research by Rose Mwangi (Bioethics in the News June 2018)

Pictured: Fogarty Fellows apple picking in Michigan in 2006. Left to right: Rose Mwangi, Veronica Maluwa, Mike Kachedwa.

ABLE Program E-Dialogues

ABLE program e-dialouge students group photo

From 1997-2012, Center Assistant Director Libby Bogdan-Lovis engaged College of Human Medicine Advanced Baccalaureate Leaning Experience (ABLE) medical school prematriculation students in a cross-continental bioethics e-dialogue with medical students in Malawi.

Pictured: 2006 ABLE program students and University of Malawi Medical Students in Blantyre, Malawi at the University of Malawi College of Human Medicine. Back Row: Left, Paul Ndebele. Back Row: Right, Joseph Mfutso-Bengo. All others are medical students at the University of Malawi.

The Cochrane Collaboration

In the 1990s, Libby Bogdan-Lovis’ work in the United Kingdom with the (then) newly formed Cochrane Collaboration included UK pilot research in examining midwives’ knowledge about and access to evidence based medicine. From 2008-2011, Bogdan-Lovis was appointed as an Advisory Board member for the Cochrane Developing Countries Field, an entity within the Cochrane Collaboration.

Costa Rica

Libby Bogdan-Lovis has collaborated on numerous projects in Costa Rica. From 2004-2007 that collaboration featured a partnership with the International Health Central American Institute (IHCAI) located in San José for a medical student spring break study abroad program, participation in the 2008 First Costa Rican Bioethics Conference, Seventh Iberoamerican Cochrane Network Annual Meeting, Fifth Annual Iberoamerican Clinical Practice Guidelines Network Meeting and Second Central American Branch of the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network Annual Meeting, the 2011 Asociación de Obstetricia y Ginecología de Costa Rica (AOGCR), Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology and Center for Ethics and Humanities in the Life Sciences, Michigan State University Latin American Regional Symposium on Women’s Reproductive Health, and a 2009-2014 Strategic Partnership Initiative to facilitate a bilateral obstetrics and gynecology residency exchange program.

Summer Study Abroad: Medical Ethics and Health Policy in London

Big Ben photo
London, England

Summer 2018: July 7 - August 11

Instructor: Len Fleck, Professor in the Center for Ethics.


Please read through this slide presentation for more information on the course, living in London, and many other details.

Additional information on costs and traveling internationally is available on the website for the Office of Study Abroad.

Program Application


Course Content
  • How should health reform be done to both increase access and control health costs?
  • How do we best allocate our resources to provide just and efficient health care?
  • What social values should govern clinical and policy decisions related to genetics and reproduction?
  • Why and how have the U.S. and the U.K. dealt with these issues so differently?
  • How have science and technology altered the relationship between health care workers and the public over the past 40 years?


Undergraduate students enroll in HM 491 (6 credits); Medical students enroll in HM 591 (5 credits).

Eligibility requirements:
  • No course prerequisites
  • Open to all majors, undergraduate and graduate students
  • Non-MSU students welcome
  • Essay required
  • 2.5 minimum GPA


Living Arrangements

Students will be housed in flats controlled by ACCENT of London. Flats will generally house 3-4 students. Each flat has a complete kitchen with equipment needed to prepare meals. Each flat also has a living room and its own bathroom.