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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
professor Anssi Auvinen

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 better 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 research professionals and know where to obtain more information on them


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.
After the course participants are better equipped to recognize the guidelines for ethical scientific practice, know how to conduct research according to good scientific practice, and know where to turn to for additional information.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Group work

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
In English

Participation in the lectures and the group work, completion of course assignments (3 ECTS).



Belongs to following study modules

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