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Bioethics Resources for Teachers and Students
- For Teachers
- For Students
- The Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University hosts the Syllabus Exchange Database, which has hundreds of syllabi in various areas of ethics, including research ethics. Select Bioethics Syllabi from the drop down menu.
- The Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics for Central and Eastern Europe, a collaboration of Union Graduate College (USA) and Vilnius University (Lithuania) has its course materials online for International Bioethics, International Research Ethics 1, and International Research Ethics 2. The course overview and weekly syllabi for International Bioethics and International Research Ethics 1 are available in Romanian-Moldovan.
Career Path Advice
U.S. Government Online Training Programs and Resources
- NIH Research Ethics Training: Introduction to the Responsible Conduct of Research focuses on professional ethics for medical researchers. This short training course is required for new NIH scientific staff members. People outside NIH can browse the course.
- NIH Office of Extramural Research: Protecting Human Research Participants is a three-hour online course available in English and Spanish. Anyone can register. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit is available for successfully completing the course.
- Clinical Center Department of Bioethics at NIH: Offers bioethics courses, lectures and trainings, including the online course Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research.
- Ethics Grand Rounds from the Department of Bioethics at NIH.
- CDC and ATSDR Ethics Program Activity: An online resource center from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) containing ethics-related publications, frequently asked questions about research ethics, links to ethics regulations, and two versions of an ethics training course. The CDC website is also offered in Spanish.
- The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP): Human Subject Assurance Training is an online training for Institutional Officials, Human Protections Administrators, and IRB Chairs for institutions applying for a Federal Wide Assurance (FWA).
International Online Programs
- Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) Program in the Protection of Human Research Subjects: Available in English, Spanish, French, Portuguese and Chinese
- Research Ethics Online Training: A course and resource package designed and produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use by internal staff, and adapted for general access by Global Health Trials, an online community of people interested in the conduct of health research trials.
- Research Ethics Training Curricula, second edition, from FHI360: A course reviewing human research ethics, including a pre- and post-test, evaluation form and certificate.
- Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation for Africa: TRREE-for Africa offers online training, and regulatory and policy resources related to the ethics of research involving humans conducted in Africa. Available in English, French and German.
Updated June 2016