RESEARCH ETHICS AND INTEGRITY: U.S. AND INTERNATIONAL ISSUES Syllabus
Please see the course Session for a full list of dates and items for this course.
Additional Faculty Notes:
All readings will be made available through the course e-reserves or through links to public documents and guidelines.
For students interested in additional readings and texts, please see the instructor for recommendations.
Course Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
- Discuss ethical theory and the principles of bioethics.
- Recognize the moral considerations inherent to public health research
- Understand ethics requirements when conducting research with human subjects and with animals in the U.S. and/or developing countries
Course DescriptionAcquaints students with an introduction to ethical theory and principles, including ethics requirements when conducting research with human subjects in the U.S. and/or developing countries. Through lectures and small group case discussion, the following topics are covered: ethical theory and principles; informed consent in research; Institutional Review Boards; the just selection of research participants; cultural relativism; genetic research; ethical issues in vaccine research; ethics and human rights; appropriate use of placebos; what is owed to research participants, communities, and countries after research is completed; the use of animals in research; and scientific and academic integrity. Students in this course select to be in the U.S. track or the international track. While most lectures are identical for the two tracks, case discussions and assignments are different. The international track is geared toward international and American students conducting research in developing
Methods of Assessment
Student evaluation based on an in-class exercise, a consent assignment, individual and group case analysis work, and a final exam.
Additional Faculty Notes:
Your final grade for this class is based on the total number of points you accumulate out of a possible total of 100 points.
1. The consent assignment is worth 20 points
2. The mid term case assignment is worth 28 points
3. The final exam is worth 40 points
4. Attending each of the three small group sessions and participating is required. In addition, you must submit a case worksheet prior to each small group session. Each is worth four points for a total of 12 (students unable to attend a session must submit a written summary of the case).
Late assignments: One point will be deducted for every day an assignment is late, if no prior arrangements were made.
Academic Ethics Code
Students enrolled in the Bloomberg School of Public Health of The Johns Hopkins University assume an obligation to conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to the University's mission as an institution of higher education. A student is obligated to refrain from acts which he or she knows, or under the circumstances has reason to know, impair the academic integrity of the University. Violations of academic integrity include, but are not limited to: cheating; plagiarism; knowingly furnishing false information to any agent of the University for inclusion in the academic record; violation of the rights and welfare of animal or human subjects in research; and misconduct as a member of either School or University committees or recognized groups or organizations.
Intended AudienceHPM/PHD students and other students in the school supported by federal funds who must complete in-person training in bioethics
Topics to be covered include: - Ethical theory and principles - Informed consent in research - Institutional Review Boards - Privacy and confidentiality - Just selection and recruitment of research participants - Cultural relativism - Ethics and human rights - Ethical issues in health services and epidemiological research - Ethics of study design - Obligations to research participants and communities during studies and after research is completed - Use of animals in research - Scientific and academic integrity - Authorship
The purpose of this course is to acquaint students with an introduction to ethical theory and principles of bioethics, for students to become familiar with ethics requirements when conducting research with human subjects and with animals in the U.S. and/or developing countries, and for students to become more sensitive to the moral considerations inherent to public health research. Through lectures and small group case discussion, the following topics will be covered: ethical theory and principles, informed consent in research; Institutional Review Boards; privacy and confidentiality; the just selection and recruitment of research participants; cultural relativism; ethics and human rights; ethical issues in health services and epidemiological research; appropriate use of placebos; obligations to research participants and communities during studies and after research is completed; the use of animals in research; and scientific and academic integrity. Student evaluation is based on classroom participation and small group case discussion, a consent assignment, a written case analysis, and a final exam. This course satisfies the NIH's and the School's requirement for training in the responsible conduct of research.
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