Scientific Ethics 


Mary Devereaux, PhD Email
Research Ethics Program Assistant Director; Director, Biomedical Ethics Seminars; Professor, Pathology

Samm Hurst, PhD Email
Project Scientist, Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Science

Barton Palmer, PhD Email
Professor, Psychiatry 

Time and Location

This course consists of 7 meetings, which will occur on the following dates/times, depending on the section you are placed in:

*Please note: Course sections will be finalized once registration closes. The Research Ethics Program will email your section assignment based on your indicated preferences. 

Until further notice, this course will be offered online only. Please email if you have any questions.

Fall 2022 - Registration

Section(s) Instructor Days Dates Time Location

Samm Hurst


Sept 26, Oct 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov 7  Noon – 2:00 p.m.  Online

Barton Palmer




Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 17, Dec 1 10:00 a.m. – Noon Online

Mary Devereaux


Oct 11, 18, 25, Nov 1, 8, 15, 29   Noon – 2:00 p.m.  Online


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 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.


This course is available for credit (i.e., pass/fail or satisfactory/unsatisfactory or a certificate of completion), not for a letter grade. To receive credit for the course or for the purpose of NIH or NSF training requirements, you must complete all assignments. This includes attending all 7 class meetings, completing assigned readings, 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 one of the instructors as soon as possible.

Resources for Ethics Course

This document is provided as a starting point for resources on the topic of research ethics. While it is not intended to be comprehensive or definitive, it does include many options that should be helpful. 

Tentative Schedule

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