Scientific Integrity

This is the home page for the online Scientific Integrity course. The course is designed to provide interaction among the students and the instructor online rather than in person. It is not currently scheduled to be given, but can be reinstated on request.



Michael Kalichman, Ph.D.
Director, Research Ethics Program

Time and Location

Online only.

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to engage researchers in reading about, considering, and discussing the responsible conduct of science. The course is designed as an option for meeting current NIH and NSF requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research. Specific learning objectives with respect to research ethics include:

  1. To know rules, issues, options, and resources for research ethics
  2. To understand the purpose and value of ethical decision-making
  3. To have a positive disposition toward continued learning about research ethics

Course Format

Course topics will be covered by a combination of readings accessible on the Web, and online discussion. In addition to those readings linked below, additional required readings may be sent out. Participation in discussion groups and completion of assignments will be the basis for credit. NOTE: The course schedule or organization may be changed if necessary to better achieve the course objectives.


This course is not available for academic credit. To receive a certificate of completion for the course or for the purpose of NIH or NSF training requirements, you must complete all assignments. If you need credit for this course, but find that you cannot meet these requirements, then you should contact the instructor as soon as possible.

Tentative Schedule

Lecture Topics (Required Readings)
1 Introduction, Overview, and Research Misconduct
2-6 Selected topics, including: Data Management, Bias, Conflict of Interest, Animal Subjects, Human Subjects, Stem Cells, Authorship, Publication, Peer Review, Collaboration, Mentoring, Social Responsiblity, and Whistleblowing. (also, Gunsalus, 2010)
7 Faculty Panel (to be announced)