Henk ten Have studied medicine and philosophy at Leiden University, the Netherlands. He received his medical degree in 1976 from Leiden University and his philosophy degree in 1983. He worked as a researcher in the Pathology Laboratory, University of Leiden (1976-1977), as a practising physician in the Municipal Health Services, City of Rotterdam (1978-1979), and as a Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Limburg, Maastricht (1982-1991). From 1991 he was a Professor of Medical Ethics and the Director of the Department of Ethics, Philosophy and History of Medicine in the University Medical Centre Nijmegen, the Netherlands. In September 2003 he joined UNESCO as Director of the Division of Ethics of Science and Technology. Since July 2010 he is Director of the Center for Healthcare Ethics at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, USA (www.duq.edu/chce). He is also Adjunct Professor at King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
His recent publications include: The SAGE Handbook of Healthcare Ethics: Core and emerging issues (2011, SAGE Publishers, with co-editors Ruth Chadwick and Eric Meslin), Contemporary Catholic Healthcare Ethics (2013, Georgetown UP, with David Kelly and Gerard Magill) and Handbook of Global Bioethics (2013, Springer Publishers, with co-editor Bert Gordijn). He is Editor-in-Chief of the journal Medicine, Philosophy and Healthcare.