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Archived Curricula Guide 2015–2017
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HEAG03 An Introduction to Ethics in Health Research 3 ECTS
Organised by
Master's Degree Programme in Health Sciences
Person in charge
Announced in the Teaching Schedule
Corresponding course units in the curriculum
School of Health Sciences
Curricula 2012 – 2015


Strategic themes: Internationalisation, Responsible conduct of research

General description

The course deals with questions regarding values that are important for all research. Studies on health and disease involve several specific ethical issues. Performing research and communicating the findings also has a codex called good research practice.

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, students will
- be familiar with key concepts and theories of ethical questions
- know the principles of good research practice and recognize types of its violations
- be cognizant of ethical committee procedures and requirements
- know the virtues and responsibilities of a researcher
- be equipped to think about and deal with ethical issues at different phases of their studies
- have skills to identify and deal with ethical issues concerning research, e.g. treatment of participants, informed consent, data lifespan, publication and ethical reporting etc.
- know the key regulations and guidelines concerning permissions for obtaining data
- be familiar with the guidelines for ethical scientific practice for research professionals and know where to obtain more information on them
- know how to conduct research according to good scientific practice


The course unit on research ethics provides students with a general introduction of ethics including concepts and theories, as well as ethical questions encountered in different phases of research, and guidelines concerning ethically sustainable practice. Special focus is on good research practice and its violations. The new Turnitin text-checking system for identifying plagiarism at UTA will be introduced.

Teaching methods

Classroom work max 8 h

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Open University Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in course work 
In English
Further information 

Participation in the lectures, completion of learning diary

Participation in the lectures, completion of learning diary. Learning diary shall be based on lectures and literature.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 1-5.
Learning diary

Study materials

Announced in the Teaching schedule.

Further information

Organized every other year, odd years, fall term.

The quota for Open University students each Academic Year is 3.

Belongs to following study modules

School of Health Sciences
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Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
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