The Bioethics Center focuses on spheres of ethics (i.e. bioethics and public health ethics) and public health and spirituality. Public health is viewed as synonymous with social justice because “an integral part of bringing good health to all is the task of ameliorating patterns of systemic disadvantage that undermine the wellbeing of people whose prospects for health are so limited that their life choices are not even remotely like those of others.” Public health and ethics seek to achieve the common good, so do religion and spirituality.
Spiritually encompasses religion in that it addresses the individual’s acknowledgment of a power greater than themselves. Within the context of a sound spiritual foundation, religion and religious practices may be realized. Religion and ethics are often assumed to be synonymous, because most major religions have ethical teachings associated with them. The fundamental ethical tenets of virtually all societies are based on religious teachings.” However, “there is no necessary connection between religion and ethics. A person can be ethical and be a non-believer.” (Strategic Plan, 2010)