Course Details

Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research

In this course, Dr. Michael Kalichman defines and explores the many questions surrounding ethics in scientific research. Overview of Ethics in Scientific Research analyzes specific cases of research misconduct to illustrate how things can go wrong. The course delves more deeply into what specifically is meant by ethical behavior and how people can find themselves in acts which are unethical. Dr. Kalichman also defines responsible conduct as it relates to good practices in science and addresses how the integrity of science can be protected simply by having scientists better interact with one another and ask questions of each other and of themselves. The course also covers what a researcher should do when they believe something is wrong – without sacrificing their career. This course will help you:

  • Understand what research ethics encompasses
  • Gain knowledge in responsible conduct and identifying unethical situations
  • Learn what to do when you discover ethical misconduct

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Course Author

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Instructor: Dr. Michael Kalichman

Dr. Kalichman is the founding director of the UC San Diego Research Ethics Program. Since 1988, he has taught multiple seminars and courses to help UCSD Training Grant Program Directors comply with NIH requirements for training in the responsible conduct of research.  Dr. Kalichman has been a consultant or speaker on the topic of research ethics for both national and international workshops and advisory groups, including panels and conferences for the American Association for the Advancement of Science, National Academy of Sciences, National Institutes of Health and the Office of Research Integrity. With Francis Macrina of Virginia Commonwealth University, he has taught numerous courses for instructors of research ethics courses.  He is project director for a web-based resource for instructors of courses in the responsible conduct of research and directs NIH-funded projects to assess the effectiveness of teaching research ethics and the standards of conduct in research.  Dr. Kalichman is also the founding and past president for the Responsible Conduct of Research Education Consortium (RCREC), which is now part of the Association for Practical and Professional Ethics.  He is a co-founder and co-director of the Center for Ethics in Science and Technology for the San Diego region and founding director of the San Diego Research Ethics Consortium.

Course Overview

Duration: 1 hour

  • Provide a range of issues covered under research ethics
  • Understanding the importance of ethics for researchers in discussing those issues
  • What to do when faced with an ethical challenge
  • Where to go for more information and resources

Certificate of completion

  • Earn 1 PDH

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