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Research Ethics and Integrity: U.S. and International Issues

East Baltimore
3rd term
Health Policy and Management
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  1:30 - 2:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
  • Megan Singleton
Megan Singleton

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 case discussions, covers the following topics: 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 gain familiarity with research ethics in both the U.S. and global contexts.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Discuss ethical theory and the principles of bioethics
  2. Recognize the moral considerations inherent to public health research
  3. Understand ethics requirements when conducting research with human subjects and with animals in the U.S. and/or developing countries
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 12% Discussion
  • 30% Midterm Paper
  • 18% Consent Form Assignment
  • 40% Final Exam

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

undergraduates must obtain instructor consent prior to registering for this course

For consent, contact:

Jointly Offered With:
Special Comments:

Satisfies school & NIH requirement re: responsible conduct of research