Office of the Dean

O’Dowd Hall, Room 428
586 Pioneer Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4482
(location map)
(248) 370-3634

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Amy DeBaets


Contact Information:

Office: 410 O’Dowd Hall
Phone: 248-370-3905


Bioethics, medical humanities, spirituality in medicine


PhD, Emory University

ThM, Princeton Theological Seminary

MDiv, Princeton Theological Seminary

MA, Trinity International University

BA / BS, Truman State University 

Research Interests:

Spirituality in medicine, emerging technology ethics, research ethics

Amy Michelle DeBaets, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics in the Department of Foundational Medical Studies

Amy Michelle DeBaets

Dr. DeBaets joined the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine in August 2015 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. She teaches the Medical Humanities and Clinical Bioethics courses for the medical students.

Previously, Dr. DeBaets was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Bioethics at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, where she taught clinical and research ethics to graduate and osteopathic medical students. Her research interests include spirituality in medicine, research ethics, and emerging technology ethics.

Dr. DeBaets earned a Ph.D. at Emory University in religion with a focus on ethics and society, as well as a graduate certificate in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. She also holds M.Div. and Th.M. degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, an M.A. in Bioethics from Trinity International University, and B.A. and B.S. degrees from Truman State University.

Dr. DeBaets was named as a faculty scholar in the University of Chicago Program on Medicine and Religion from 2013-2015. She is a member of the advisory board of the Conference on Medicine and Religion. Dr. DeBaets is a member of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities where she co-leads the Religion, Spirituality, and Bioethics Group. She is also a member of the American Academy of Religion, where she serves on the steering committee of the Transhumanism and Religion Group, and Societas Ethica: The European Society for Research in Ethics.