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Term: 3rd term
Credits: 3 credits
Contact: Judie Hyun
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015
Course Instructor:

Acquaints 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

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Discuss ethical theory and the principles of bioethics
Familiarize students with ethics requirements when conducting research with human subjects and with animals in the U.S. and/or developing countries
Instruct students how to recognize the moral considerations inherent to public health research

Methods of Assessment: Student evaluation based on an in-class exercise, a consent assignment, individual and group case analysis work, and a final exam.
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tuesday 1:30 - 2:50
  • Thursday 1:30 - 2:50
Enrollment Minimum: 10
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

undergraduates must obtain instructor consent prior to registering for this course

For consent, contact:
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments: Satisfies school & NIH requirement re: responsible conduct of research