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Cynthia McCarthy is a Bioethicist, specializing in Health Care Ethics.  She is the Director of the undergraduate Bioethics Certificate in the School of Public Health. She has been teaching Bioethics to pre-health care professionals/pre-med professionals since 1999, and as a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh since 2009. She specializes in topics related to direct patient/client interactions, research ethics and organ donation. McCarthy’s consulting work primarily revolves around the education of health care professionals and those working in the realm of public health. She has also devoted a considerable amount of time to behavioral health accreditation, Ethics Committees and as a member of several long-term National Institute of Health Data and Safety Monitoring Boards over the course of the last 20 years. She is an ethics consultant to the University of Pittsburgh’s Institutional Review Board and a faculty fellow in the Frederick Honors College.


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Education & Training

  • DHCE - Duquesne University
  • MA - Loyola University of Chicago
  • BS - University of Delaware