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Anna C. Mastroianni
MHE 536
Seattle Campus

Research Ethics and Regulation

Explores the ethical principles and concepts and U.S. laws related to (1) research conducted with animals, (2) research on humans, and (3) the responsible conduct of research Required for graduate students in the Department of Medical History and Ethics, School of Medicine. Offered: jointly with LAW H 536.

Class description

Through a combination of lecture and small group discussion of assigned case studies, this course provides a historical perspective and presents the current ethical and legal issues and debates in three areas related to the conduct of research: (1) research conducted with animals, (2) research involving human participants, and (3) the responsible conduct of research. Grades in the course will be based on several writing assignments given over the course of the quarter and class participation. There are no prerequisites. This course will provide critical knowledge to students who are pursuing the study of ethics and law in health-related fields or who plan to work in medical, public health, or biotechnology-related settings. This course is a required course for students in the MA program of the Department of Medical History and Ethics in the School of Medicine and an elective for other interested graduate students, including law students. (MHE536)

Student learning goals

Describe current debates in research ethics.

Identify landmark cases in the history of ethical and legal debates related to the conduct of research;

Become familiar with relevant federal regulations and international guidelines;

Analyze implications of history for present research practices and policy; and

Learn a principle-based and a relationship-based approach to research ethics.

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Class assignments and grading


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Last Update by Anna C. Mastroianni
Date: 01/05/2009