Campus-Wide Humanities & Ethics

To address the need for a cooperative understanding of ethics across health care specialties, UTHealth launched the Campus-Wide Ethics Program (CWEP) in 2009—the first of its kind in the nation. Members of CWEP were involved in improving the quality and quantity of ethics in the curricula of UTHealth’s six schools. As part of CWEP, the group was also heavily involved in the execution of Beyond Silos: Ethics Education In and Across the Health Professions, the university’s previous Quality Enhancement Plan.

In 2016, CWEP evolved into the Campus-Wide Humanities & Ethics Program (CWHEP) and began focusing on topics beyond ethics that are needed in health professional education at UTHealth. The group’s proposal, Healthcare Policy for Health Professions (HP2), was selected by the university as the next Quality Enhancement Plan.


McGovern Center associate professor and associate director Rebecca Lunstroth, JD, MA, serves as the CWHEP director, and Angela Polczynski, MBA, EdD, is the program coordinator.

Faculty members affiliated with all six UTHealth schools are involved:

Cizik School of Nursing: Francine Snow, DrPH, MSN, RN-BC;
McGovern Medical School: Sandra McKay, MD;
MD Anderson-UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences: Shane Cunha, PhD;
School of Biomedical Informatics: Susan Fenton, PhD, RHIA, FAHIMA;
School of Dentistry: Deborah Franklin, DDS, MA; and
School of Public Health: Stephen Linder, PhD.