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Carey Farquhar
EPI 586
Seattle Campus

Responsible Conduct of International Research

Prepares international and U.S. students to develop research proposals, conduct international field research, and present scholarly work. Topics include proposal writing, human subjects protection, data management, peer review, scholarly integrity, responsible authorship, and grants and budget management. Open to graduate and non-matriculated students. Offered: jointly with G H 532; A.

Class description

The Responsible Conduct of International Research (RCIR) course is a 2-week course, offered by the Department of Epidemiology (Course Code: EPI586 or GH532), University of Washington, from September 6-19, 2012, daily from 9:30am to approximately 4pm. This course is designed to train international and U.S. students in the development and conduct of international research. Topics covered over the two weeks include: proposal writing, quantitative and qualitative study design, preparation of study instruments and study budget, grants management, research ethics, human subjects review, data management, and the preparation of oral presentations, abstracts, posters, and manuscripts. The course is geared toward suiting the individual needs of pre-/post-doctoral fellows who will be involved in research in international settings; however, much of the material is relevant to US research projects.

This course has been offered to trainees in the University of Washington's International Research and Training Program (IARTP) since September 2003. The course was developed to satisfy the requirement for National Institute of Health (NIH) trainees to receive formal didactic training in the responsible conduct of research. It was also created to provide students and fellows anticipating a research-oriented career with the tools they need to develop and design a research study, write an effective proposal, and conduct research independently in an international setting.

The course is a core course for the Department of Global Health MPH program and the Multidisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in AIDS & STDs that is offered by the Center for AIDS and STD (CFAS).

Student learning goals

Identify and describe key components of a successful grant proposal and understand the grant application and review process.

Discuss ethical dilemmas faced by international and domestic researchers and the importance of scientific integrity in research.

Describe major aspects of project implementation, including submission of materials to domestic and foreign IRBs, creation of study instruments, database development, data management, and research budgets.

Demonstrate through short written assignments and an oral presentation an understanding of study design and proposal development.

General method of instruction

Lectures by instructor & guest lecturers, and small group sessions.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites

Class assignments and grading

No prerequisites. 3 credits. Grading will be Pass/Fail.

Credit is based on the following: 1.Class participation. 2.Required readings are available on the course website. These should be reviewed prior to each class. 3.Four homework assignments (graded on a Pass/Fail basis): Specific Aims of project is due Monday, Sept 10th. Outline of study design and research methods is due Thursday, Sept 13th. A data analysis plan and sample size estimation is due Monday, Sept 17th. A budget is due Monday, Sept 17th. 4.An oral presentation of a research proposal is required at the end of the course. The presentation will include background, hypothesis, aims and study design and will be 10-15 minutes in duration. The presentation will be graded on a Pass/Fail basis. 5.Participation at an IRB Meeting during the course of the Autumn Quarter is required for course credit.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
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Last Update by Angelica M. Buck
Date: 10/30/2012