Our Department is changing name! ‘Global Health & Social Medicine’

We are excited to announce our Department is changing its name: as from 1st August 2016, we are changing our name to Department of Global Health & Social Medicine.


imagesWe think this new name provides a better reflection of our growing portfolio of teaching and research in both global health and social medicine, our key role in the Kings-wide initiative on global health, and our wish to reimagine the idea of social medicine for the 21st century.

We remain an interdisciplinary department with a firm rooting in the social sciences, with research and teaching linked to philosophy, ethics, politics, history and the law, part of the School of Global affairs within the Faculty of Social Science and Public Policy. Our aim is to bring disciplinary and interdisciplinary research of the highest quality to bear upon local, national and transnational challenges of health equity and social justice across the life course.

The motto of the Department remains “Health is more than a medical matter“.

Applications for the Bioethics & Society Master’s programmes for entry September 2016 are still open for Home/EU students (deadline September 2nd). For inquiries contact Dr Silvia Camporesi: silvia.camporesi@kcl.ac.uk

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1st Institute of Medical Ethics Public Lecture December 9th: Duncan Wilson “Medical Ethics – a Challenge or Support for Professionals?”

We are delighted to announce the 1st Institute of Medical Ethics (IME) Public Lecture with Duncan Wilson, Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM)
University of Manchester: “Medical Ethics – a Challenge or Support for Professionals?”

When: Friday December 9th, 2016

5.00-5.30 registration
5.30-6.45 Lecture and presentation
6.45 drinks reception

WhereRoyal Society of Medicine

DUNCAN WILSON is a lecturer in the history of science and medicine at the University of Manchester’s Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine (CHSTM). His work investigates the interplay between changing notions of health, disease and morality in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and he is the author of two books: Tissue Culture in Science and Society: The Public Life of a Biological Technique in Twentieth Century Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) and The Making of British Bioethics (Manchester: University of Manchester Press, 2014). You can read the review of Duncan’s “The Making of British Bioethics” written by Dr Silvia Camporesi for the American Journal of Bioethics here.

As part of this free to attend event the Very Revd Ted Shotter will be presented with the prestigious 2017  Henry Knowles Beecher Award from the Hastings Center for Bioethics. Revd Ted Shotter  was Director of Studies, London Medical Group, 1963-1989; founder of the Journal of Medical Ethics, 1975; Director (and founder), Institute of Medical Ethics, 1974-1989; Dean of Rochester, 1989-2003; Chairman, University of Greenwich Research Ethics Committee, 1995-2003; FRSM 1976. He was made Hon FRCP in 2007.

This event is free but you need to register.

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Louisa Howard Bioethics & Society 2016/17 MA student awarded prestigious King’s College President’s international scholarships

Many congratulations to Louisa Howard who has been awarded one of the prestigious King’s College President’s international scholarships to pursue a Masters in Bioethics & Society at SSHM, starting in September 2016.

Louisa HowardLouisa graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 as an Echols Scholar, majoring in Art History with a minor in Bioethics and completing all medical school prerequisites.

Upon graduation, Louisa received a two-year Fellowship to perform research at the National Institutes of Health in the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.. Through the masters program, Louisa seeks to develop a comprehensive understanding of the ethical issues facing medical professionals today. Following the program, Louisa plans to attend medical school. As a physician, Louisa hopes to be actively involved in the realm of clinical and academic bioethics.

Applications for the Bioethics & Society MA programme for entry September 2016 are OPEN (please note deadline for international students July 29th, 2016). For info see here:


Please note that applications for funding for 2016/17 are closed (deadline was March 31st, 2016). For more information about funding see here.

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