Concordia Center for Bioethics

Our Academic Programs

The academic programs of the Concordia Center for Bioethics (CCB) applies Christ-centered thought to issues involving biology and health care. Students in CCB courses will analyze and apply ethical principles grounded in a biblical understanding of the world and informed by contemporary scholarship.

The Concordia Bioethics Institute Has a New Name and Task!

Historically, the Concordia Bioethics Institute had been engaged in teaching classes, participating in conferences, giving presentations to various church and professional groups, and offering information and biblically based advice to those who faced serious life-and-death dilemmas. These tasks continue, but now for the first time, the Bioethics Institute will be offering academic programs of study—an undergraduate minor and a graduate certificate in bioethics. Because of this new task, it was decided that a name change was in order; therefore, the Concordia Bioethics Institute is now called the Concordia Center for Bioethics. Academic Centers at universities typically have offered academic programs. It is hoped that this name change and new activity will serve as a reboot to help expand the work of the Center.

The first academic program to be offered by the Center is an undergraduate certificate in bioethics. This minor is open to any undergraduate student at Concordia University. A minor in bioethics is a perfect complement to many majors and career paths: pre-medicine, nursing, rehabilitative sciences, exercise physiology, athletic training, theology, philosophy, social work, pre-pharmacy, business, pre-law, and education. Students with a minor in bioethics would be well qualified to serve on hospital ethics committees, institutional review boards, and other ethics committees.

The Graduate Certificate in Bioethics is available to anyone with a bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.0 and above. The Certificate offers a course of study designed for persons involved in rehabilitative sciences, nursing, health care practice, research, administration, litigation, or ministry. Earning the Certificate will be especially useful for those who often face ethical questions that inevitably arise in the health care setting. This certificate will testify that its holder has completed an intensive program of graduate study in moral theory, decision-making procedures in ethics, and the current literature of bioethics. It will also indicate that its holder has gained experience in the practical application of moral principles, ethical theory, and the law to issues involving biology and health care. This certificate can be earned in conjunction with a master’s or doctoral degree at Concordia or as a standalone graduate certificate. The Certificate Program, which consists of five graduate courses, incorporates into its design as much flexibility as possible so that students from anywhere in the country may enroll. The program’s schedule is self-paced, with all of the courses offered online.

Mission Statement

The Concordia Center for Bioethics (CCB) is a Christian academic center that applies God’s Word to issues involving biology and health care through teaching, service, and research.


Focusing on academics and scholarship, the Concordia Center for Bioethics provides Christ-centered courses, conferences, seminars, information, and guidance to students, professionals, and the general public.  Participants analyze and apply ethical principles grounded in a biblical understanding of the world.

Contact Us

E-mail: Kevin E. Voss
Phone: (262) 243-4398
Fax: (262) 243-2998


Concordia University Wisconsin
Concordia Center for Bioethics
12800 North Lake Shore Drive
Mequon, WI 53097-2402