M.Ed. Research Ethics

After introducing bioethics as a discipline, the course explores aspects of research ethics in greater depth. The aspects investigated are guided by the interests of enrolled students and vary annually. These may include conflicts of interest; authorship and publication ethics; moral reasoning; animal ethics; public health ethics; IRBs; or others. The course introduces and examines guidance from the Declaration of Helsinki and sometimes includes a workshop on how to prepare and critique informed consent forms and processes. Students are assigned readings in research ethics literature and discuss these during class in a seminar or journal club format. Each student is required to lead one session and give a formal presentation as part of that session.