Academic and Research Ethics
The Academic and Research Ethics course (formerly known as Research Ethics) is now required for ALL students in the first term in which they are registered. Responsible academic and research conduct is a key element of graduate education and necessary to the School's mission. Students at JHSPH are expected to adhere to the highest responsible conduct in both academic and research settings. Enrollment in this course upon matriculation to the School reinforces the importance of these core values.
Please note that this change DOES NOT affect the requirements for taking an in person Responsible Conduct of Research course for all PhD students. PhD students also continue to be required to take this on-line course (Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH) upon matriculation.
Academic and Research Ethics at JHSPH are covered in a series of on-line interactive modules. Information is presented about the Academic Ethics Code and Responsible Conduct of Research at the School. The Academic Ethics module covers topics such as proper ethical conduct and referencing, as well as violations such plagiarism and cheating are covered and discussed relative to case studies that illustrate situations faced by students and faculty in the academic setting. Knowledge and understanding in these areas is assessed by a short quiz that certifies completion of the module. The module on Research Ethics covers topics that include responsible conduct of research, authorship, data management, data ownership, guidelines for professional conduct, research fraud or scientific misconduct, federal and institutional guidelines related to research using human and animal subjects and ethical issues involving vulnerable subjects in research. Please note, both modules must be completed in order to satisfy requirements for the Academic and Research Ethics course.