Humanities & Basic Medical Sciences Curriculum

HUMS 7004 Ethics and Research: Humanities and Basic Medical Sciences

Graduate Course: Research Ethics

We offer a course in the responsible conduct of research open to students pursuing a PhD in any ECU program. This semester-long course addresses ethical issues that arise in the following nine areas: data acquisition, management, sharing, and ownership; conflict of interest and commitment; human subjects; animal welfare; research misconduct; publication practices and responsible authorship; mentor/trainee responsibilities; peer review; and collaborative science.


  • To raise students’ awareness and understanding of some of the moral, legal, and social issues related to the conduct of research.
  • To develop students’ ability to critically analyze difficult ethical situations and to resolve them successfully and appropriately.
  • To imbue students with a sense of the professional, institutional and societal responsibilities associated with the conduct of research.