Online International Courses in Research Ethics

THIS LIST IDENTIFIES Web-based, international instructional tools in the ethics of human
subjects research, the responsible conduct of research (RCR), good clinical
practice (GCP) and other topics. It does not include online masters’ degree
programs, webinars or time/date-specific training. Information includes program
title, geographic or political scope, languages, a brief description, the url and
whether registration or payment are required. Corrections, suggestions and
additions are welcome. Please email us at ethics@miami.edu.

Advanced Certificate Program in Research Ethics for Central and Eastern Europe
(Regional, Central and Eastern Europe)
Lithuanian, Romanian-Moldovan 
This collaboration by Union Graduate College (USA) and Vilnius University (Lithuania) offers graduate courses in International Bioethics and International Research Ethics.
http://researchethicseurope.com
(Registration and fee required)

Boston University Online
(National, U.S.)
English
Offers basic training on study design, GCP and regulations.
http://www.bu.edu/online/programs/certificate-programs/clinical-investigation.html
(Registration and fee required)

Canadian Council on Animal Care 
(National, Canada)
French
Offers basic training for laboratory animal research.
http://www.ccac.ca/en_/training
(Registration required)

Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science
(National, Canada; International)
This course addresses ethics and professionalism for medical laboratory professionals.
http://csmls.org/Professional-Development/The-Learning-Centre/Course-Catalogue.aspx
(Registration and fee required.)

Good Decision Making in Real Time: Practical Public Health Ethics for Local Health Officials
(National, U.S.; International)
English
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Association of County and City Health Officials have developed training to “provide public health professionals with tools and practical examples to address ethical challenges that commonly arise in the practice of public health.”
http://www.cdc.gov/od/science/integrity/phethics/trainingmaterials.htm

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program
(National, U.S.; International)
Chinese (Traditional and Simplified), English, French (France and Francophone
Africa), Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai (not all content
available in all languages)
CITI Program provides online courses in a variety of topics including Good Clinical Practice (GCP), Human Subjects Research (HSR), Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Conflicts of Interest (COI), and Animal Care and Use (ACU).
https://www.citiprogram.org
(Registration required; institutional or individual subscription required)

Elevate Online Academy
(International)
English
Offers online educational programs on research ethics, animal welfare and others. Research ethics course developed by Department of Medical Humanities of the Julius Center of the University Medical Center, Utrecht.
http://www.elevatehealth.eu//
(Registration and fee required)

Epigeum UK
(National, U.K.; International)
English
Offers online educational programs on research ethics and GCP.
http://www.epigeum.com/
(Registration and fee required)

FHI 360
(National, U.S.; International)
English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Research ethics training for investigators and community representatives.
http://www.fhi360.org/services/training-and-technical-assistance

Fundación Bioética
(National, Spain; International)
Spanish
Course provides and introduction to research ethics committees.
http://www.bioeticacs.org/?dst=curso_online
(Registration and fee required)

Global Ethics Education Initiative (GEEI)
(Regional, Middle East; International)
English
Courses include good clinical practice, research ethics and public health ethics.
http://www.menareti.net/
(Registration and fee required)

Global Health Training Centre
(International)
English
Course on ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care
https://globalhealthtrainingcentre.tghn.org/research-ethics-epidemics-pandemics-and-disaster-situations/?utm_source=Newsletter&utm_campaign=elearning_ethics_who__24012017&utm_medium=Email
(Registration required)
Research Ethics Online Training. Free Access.
https://globalhealthtrainingcentre.tghn.org/elearning/research-ethics/
(Registration required)
(International)
Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (not all content
available in all languages)
Courses include good clinical practice, study design, consent and reporting adverse events.
https://globalhealthtrainingcentre.tghn.org/elearning/
(Registration required)

Medicine Online: Thieme
(National, Germany; International)
German
Offers case studies on clinical and research ethics.
http://www.thieme.de/viamedici/lernen/ethik/start.html

Middle East Research Ethics Training Initiative (MERETI)
(Middle East)
A variety of resources, including an online certificate program, hosted by the University of Maryland.
http://medschool.umaryland.edu/mereti/ | cf. https://www.graduate.umaryland.edu/research-ethics/
(Registration and fee required)

Office of Research Integrity
(National, U.S.)
English
A collection of research ethics courses and related materials funded by ORI.
http://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/rcr_humans.shtml
Cf. http://ori.hhs.gov/education/products/montana_round1/research_ethics.html

PHRP / Protecting Human Research Participants
(National, U.S)
English
Course  provides "affordable and accessible training to ensure ethical and safe practices whenever research is being conducted with human participants."
https://www.phrptraining.com
(Registration and fee required)

Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research (PRIM&R)
(National, U.S.; International)
English
The Ethical Oversight of Human Subjects Research Course addresses the roles of
research ethics committee or institutional review board members
https://www.primr.org/eroc/
(Registration and fee required)

Santé et Services sociaux Québec
(National, Canada, Québec)
English, French
This course was “developed specifically for research ethics board (REB) members and
support staff who work in the institutions of the Québec health and social services
network.
http://ethique.msss.gouv.qc.ca/didacticiel/index.php?lang=fr_ca
(Requires registration)

Society of Clinical Research Associates
(National, U.S.)
English
Courses address FDA visits, IND/IDE processes and current Good Manufacturing
Practice. http://www.socra.org/html/education.htm
(Members only; registration and fee required)

Training and Resources in Research Ethics Evaluation (TRREE)
(Regional, Africa; International)
English, French, German, Dutch, Portuguese
TRREE focuses on internationally recognized ethical principles and integrates local
issues and perspectives from low- and middle-income countries.
http://elearning.trree.org/
(Registration required)

UNESCO
(Regional, Latin America, Caribbean; International)
Spanish
Red Bioética offers courses on basics for Latin American and Caribbean researchers
and research ethics committees members.
http://www.redbioetica-edu.com.ar/
(Registration and fee required)

Unite for Sight
(International)
English
NGO promotes vision care and research in low-resource countries and regions.
http://www.uniteforsight.org/research-course/

University of London, Infonetica Ltd.
(International)
Spanish
A GCP course.
http://www.onlinegcp.es/default.aspx?page=login

Universidad de Navarra
(National, Spain)
Spanish
Course’s goal is “Proporcionar una panorámica general de la ética de la investigación
biomedical …”
https://www.unav.edu/web/metodologia-de-la-investigacion-medica/plan-de-estudios/etica-de-la-investigacion-biomedica

Universidad iSalud
(Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Spanish
Diplomatura en Bioética con Orientación en Investigación
http://www.isalud.edu.ar/capacitacion-virtual/diplomatura-en-bioetica-con-orientacion-en-investigacion
Capacitación Virtual Diplomatura en Bioética conOrientación Clínica
http://isalud.edu.ar/capacitacion-virtual/diplomatura-en-bioetica-con-orientacion-clinica
(Registration and fee required)

University of Oxford
(National, U.K.)
English
GCP course available only to employees at OU or institutions participating in OU sponsored
research.
https://www.admin.ox.ac.uk/researchsupport/ctrg/training/gcponline/
(Registration required)

Other Resources

U.S. National Institutes of Health Fogarty International Center “Bioethics Resources for Teachers and Students”
(International)
English
A referatory of various online resources, including research ethics courses.
http://www.fic.nih.gov/ResearchTopics/Bioethics/Pages/teachers-students.aspx

Estudios de casos sobre ética de la investigación internacional en salud / Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research 
(International)
Spanish, English
PAHO’s Regional Program on Bioethics has published Spanish and English version of a case-based research ethics training tool. Both are available online: English | Spanish.

Duke University Global Health Institute
(International)
English
Training resource for conducting scientific literature searches on HINARI, a program to
provide access to the biomedical literature in low-income countries.
http://hinaritraining.org

The Global Health Bioethics Network
(Africa, Asia)
English
The network, based in the Ethox Centre at the University of Oxford, is a “programme to carry out ethics research and build ethics capacity across the Wellcome Trust’s Major Overseas Programmes (MOPs) in Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Thailand-Laos, and Viet Nam.”
http://www.publichealth.ox.ac.uk/ethox/global-health-bioethics-network/global-health-bioethics-network

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Updated 16 January 2019