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Introduction to Ethics of U.S. and International Human Subject Research

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
Berman Institute (Bioethics)
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Start Date
Monday, June 3, 2024
End Date
Friday, June 7, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 1:00 - 4:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Joseph Ali
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year

No prerequisites

Gain the ability to reason through ethical issues that arise in the conduct of human subject research.
Provides an introduction to the ethics of human subject research and allows participants to apply what they learn to case examples from the U.S. and international settings. Presents ethical principles and a framework for analysis. Reviews key U.S. and international regulations that guide the ethical conduct of research. Addresses a variety of issues through lectures and moderated discussions including: informed consent for research participation; ethical aspects of study design; just selection of research subjects and duties of justice when working in resource poor settings; and the role and function of institutional review boards/ethics review committees. Uses case discussions to explore research in both domestic and international settings.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain core research ethics constructs and requirements
  2. Apply ethics principles and a framework to research ethics case scenarios
  3. Reason through ethical issues that arise in the conduct of human subject research, both in the U.S. and globally
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 30% Quizzes
  • 50% Analytic paper
Enrollment Restriction
Students who are currently enrolled in or have taken 306.665.01 Research Ethics and Integrity: U.S. and International Issues may not enroll in this course.
Jointly Offered With
Special Comments

This is a hybrid course with both a synchronous online
section (700.665.49) and an in-person section (700.665.11). Please choose the modality you need (either online or in-person) when registering in SIS. NOTE - final paper due within two weeks of course completion