Cynthia S McCarthy

  • Associate Professor
  • Faculty in Human Genetics

Cynthia McCarthy, DHCE, MA, NREMT, 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 has been a faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh since 2009. She teaches undergraduate classes for several programs including the Bachelor of Science in Public Health, the Athletic Training Program in the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and the College of General Studies. She specializes in topics related to direct patient/client interactions, research ethics and organ donation. 

McCarthy's consulting work over the course of the last 20+ years has focused on ethics education of health care professionals, behavioral health accreditation, ethics committee work and National Institute of Health Data and Safety Monitoring Boards. She is an ethics consultant to Pitt's Institutional Review Board and the Ethics Facilitator for the University of Pittsburgh's Clinical and Translational Science Institute. She is a faculty fellow in the Frederick Honors College, coach/advisor for the University of Pittsburgh's Bioethics Bowl Club, and author/advisor of Ethics in Action, outside the classroom educational sessions related to ethical issues in public health, research and health sciences. Each session (12 per year) includes a seminar and an applied learning experience.