Research Ethics Track

What is It?
It is a scholarly and practical track within the Master’s Program devoted to examining emergent issues in research ethics.

Who Might be Interested?
Those who want to use the specialized knowledge to enhance their primary careers;
Those who wish to pursue research ethics-related work as a primary career--e.g., IRB coordinators, science policy makers, monitors and administrators in Offices of Research Compliance/Research Integrity/Clinical protocols, etc.

What is Involved?
Required courses (see below)
Research Ethics Practicum (1.5 credits) that includes hands-on experience with:

Office of Research Compliance Privacy Board Meetings for HIPAA
Office of Research Integrity Office of Grants and Management
Office of Technology Transfer Certification in Research Ethics
HIPAA Compliance Officer CREC Continuing Education
CITI Certification in Human Subjects Research Training (all modules)
Annual PRIMR Meeting (Public Responsibility in Medical Research)

Required Courses:
Foundations in Bioethics (12 credits; BETH 401-402)
Research Ethics Core Course (3 credits)
Two out of your three 3-credit electives must be Research-Related Electives, such as:
Ethical Issues in Genetics and Genomics (BETH 412)
International Health Research Ethics (BETH 414)
Independent study (BETH 602)

Faculty from the Department of Bioethics will be at the 2013 AER PRIM&R Conference in Boston in November 2013, and will be available to meet with interested applicants.

For more information on the MA in Bioethics, contact Marie Norris at (216) 368-8718 or

For more information on the research track of the MA program, contact Nicole Deming (e-mail: