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550.600.60 Living Science Ethics Responsible Conduct of Research

1st term
2 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Wed 09/11/2019 - Wed 10/16/2019
Class Times:
The dates for the SIX on-site sessions in 2019 will be: Sept 11, 18, 25 Oct 2, 9, 16 Class times: Wednesdays, 4 - 5:30 pm
  • Wednesday,  4:00 - 5:30pm
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Gundula Bosch
Course Instructor:

Working in research comes with responsibilities. What does it take to do good science across the disciplines? How to we recognize questionable research practices, and how can we avoid them? How do we deal with vulnerable study populations or conflicts of interest? What are strengths and pitfalls of the current mentoring and peer review system? If those questions interest you, you will find lots of opportunities for deep and stimulating discussions in this course on living what it means to be a responsible scientist.

Fosters the responsible conduct of scientific research using a combination of lectures, discussion and analysis of case studies. Topics include: data management, conflict of interest, scientific misconduct, questionable research practices, responsible authorship, peer review, collaborations with peers and industry, trainee-mentor relationships, research ethics and regulatory requirements of the conduct of animal and human research, and the scientist as a responsible member of society.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Explain the regulatory requirements that govern the modern research environment
  2. Discuss the expectations for adherence to the ethical principles in the conduct of research
  3. Apply ethical and regulatory principles to the trainee’s own current and future research program
Methods of Assessment:

Completion of attendance-records (course participation), individual and group quizzes, case study analyses, active participation in whole class exercises and team discussions, critical analysis exercise, peer feedback

Enrollment Restriction:

Eligibility restricted to doctoral students. Other JHSPH students or fellows who are required to have in-person RCR training based on funding source may also enroll.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

This course is offered through the JHSPH R3 Program series (