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340.667.11 Ethics Issues in Human Subjects Research in Developing Countries

Summer Inst. term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Mon 06/18/2012 - Fri 06/22/2012
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  1:30 - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Ayesha Khan
Course Instructors:

This course will introduce those enrolled to ethical principles and formal codes of ethics, to key ethical issues that arise in international research. Ultimately, the course will be case-based to enable course participants to work through ethical challenges posed by research conducted in developing countries. Each daily session will be divided between a formal lecture and a case discussion. Case studies will be discussed in small groups and will be based on actual research projects in developing countries, including both clinical and epidemiological/observational research. The course is geared towards U.S. and international faculty, researchers and students who conduct or fund research in developing country settings and to those who sit on IRBs/research ethics boards. Student evaluation is based on case-study exercises and class participation.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify a moral dilemma in research and Discuss what principles are at stake
  2. List and Discuss the basic elements of informed consent
  3. Review and analyze study descriptions for their ethics issues
  4. Be aware of ethics issues and possible resolutions as they serve as researchers, ethics review board members, or funders of international research
Methods of Assessment:

case study exercises

Instructor Consent:

No consent required