Program Overview

Ethical challenges in clinical care and research have increased in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as many organizations and individuals experience constrained resources. Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy (MEHP) wants to help you learn how to apply ethics principles to your work. All Penn MEHP Online continuing education content is presented in engaging brief segments prepared by a variety of faculty experts. Material is available on demand, so you can fit your learning into your schedule. Most courses take about an hour to complete. They also will fit your budget, since they are free to all learners. 

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Starting May 23, 2023 you must enroll through Penn Medicine Continuing Medical and Interprofessional Education’s site to earn AMA credits or NCPD hours.


Replace long lectures and expensive travel with convenient learning.

  • Penn Medical Ethics Continuing Education online courses are designed for effective learning in small segments. Content includes video lectures, supplementary materials, and quizzes. Explanatory handouts provide guides for later reference. To successfully complete a course, you must score at least 80% on the quiz within the maximum number of attempts offered.


  • Physicians and physician assistants may earn CME credits, and nurses may earn NCPD hours by successfully completing these courses. Pharmacists may also earn ACPE contact hours in several of the courses, check the course page for details.

    Learn at your convenience online, including on mobile devices.


Earn accreditation credits or contact hours, or meet research funding requirements.

    • Physicians
    • Nurses
    • Physician Assistants
    • Pharmacists
    • Patient/Safety Risk Management
    • IRB members
    • Human subjects researchers
    • Psychologists and social workers (no credit)


Faculty are renowned ethicists with research and clinical specialties.

  • Continuing Education courses are taught primarily by faculty from Penn’s renowned Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy. The Division of Medical Ethics has strengths in research ethics, neuro- and mental health ethics, global bioethics, and the ethics of health care policy. It is among the leading centers of bioethics scholarship in the world. Online Continuing Education ethics courses extend that expertise to clinicians and researchers for free.

    Meet Department Chair Steve Joffe


If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or