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.

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  • Boston University Online
    (National, U.S.)
    English. Offers basic training on study design, GCP and regulations.
    (Registration and fee required)
  • 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).
    (Registration required; institutional or individual subscription required)
  • Elevate Online Academy
    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.
    (Registration and fee required)
  • Epigeum UK
    (National, U.K.; International)
    English. Offers online educational programs on research ethics and GCP.
    (Registration and fee required)
  • FHI 360
    (National, U.S.; International)
    English, French, Portuguese, Spanish. Research ethics training for investigators and community representatives.
  • Fundación Bioética
    (National, Spain; International)
    Spanish. Course provides and introduction to research ethics committees.
    (Registration and fee required)
  • Global Health Training Centre
    English. Course on ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care
    (Registration required)
  • Human Research Protection Training
    (National, U.S.; International)
    English. Targets "IRBs, investigators and key personnel, and anyone interested in the Common Rule"
    (Free. Certificate available.)
  • Research Ethics Online Training
    Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish (not all content
    available in all languages). Courses include good clinical practice, study design, consent and reporting adverse events.
    Free access (registration required)
  • Medicine Online: Thieme
    (National, Germany; International)
    German. Offers case studies on clinical and research ethics.
  • 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."
    (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
    (Requires registration)
  • Society of Clinical Research Associates
    (National, U.S.)
    English. Courses address FDA visits, IND/IDE processes and current Good Manufacturing
    (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.
    (Registration required)
    (Regional, Latin America, Caribbean; International)
    Spanish. Red Bioética offers courses on basics for Latin American and Caribbean researchers
    and research ethics committees members.
    (Registration and fee required)
  • Unite for Sight
    English. NGO promotes vision care and research in low-resource countries and regions.
  • Universidad de Navarra
    (National, Spain)
    Spanish. Course’s goal is “Proporcionar una panorámica general de la ética de la investigación.
  • University of Oxford
    (National, U.K.)
    English. GCP course available only to employees at OU or institutions participating in OU sponsored
    (Registration required)

Other Resources

  • Duke University Global Health Institute
    English. Training resource for conducting scientific literature searches on HINARI, a program to
    provide access to the biomedical literature in low-income countries.
  • 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.”

Updated September 2022