Research Ethics

Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute


To be announced.

Time and Location

To be announced.

Course Objectives

The purpose of this course is to engage research trainees 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 research ethics 

Course Format

Course topics will be covered by a combination of lectures, readings accessible on the Web, and discussion in class. In addition to those readings linked below, additional required readings may be sent out in advance of some class meetings. Attendance, participation in presentation 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.


To receive credit for the course or for the purpose of NIH or NSF training requirements, you must complete all assignments as listed at: Assignments. This includes attending all 7 class meetings, completing assigned readings, inviting participation of a faculty member, participating in class discussions, and contributing to group 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.