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Cross-Disciplinary Health Research at the University of Chicago
The University of Chicago has long been known for research that crosses traditional
boundaries of disciplines. In studying health and health care, Family Medicine researchers
collaborate with physicians and scholars from a wide array of departments, schools
Opportunities for interdisciplinary work are facilitated at the University of Chicago
by centers that bring scholars together to share ideas and generate new knowledge.
The mission of The Center for Health and the Social Sciences (CHeSS) is to support
and encourage interdisciplinary health and social science research at The University
of Chicago. The Center provides infrastructure including: administrative assistance
for collaborations; pre- and post-award grants management; computer, data, and methodological
support; and shared space.
The Program on Medicine and Religion at the University of Chicago seeks to promote
rigorous study of and robust dialogue about the moral and spiritual dimensions of
the practice of medicine. The Program reflects a collaboration between the Department
of Medicine--and its MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics, and the Divinity
School--and its Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion.
Clinical medical ethics examines ethical issues that arise in encounters between
patients, families, and physicians, and aims to improve the process and outcome
of patient care. After twenty years, the MacLean Center is the leading program in
the country devoted to the study and teaching of clinical ethics. The program has
gained national and international prominence for its groundbreaking research and
training in medical ethics.
MERITS is a University of Chicago-sponsored initiative to support and promote research,
innovation, teaching, and scholarship in medical education with the goal of advancing
patient care and the health of the public by improving the education of physicians.