Ethical Foundations of Applied Health Research

This course will acquaint students with the ethical basis of health research, as well as the substantive issues that arise at the macro, meso, and micro levels in the design and conduct of research. A variety of approaches to ethical decision making will be surveyed, with particular attention given to how various approaches might apply in the context of Atlantic Canada. Standard topics will be explored in this course such as informed consent, privacy and confidentiality of health information, and conflicts of interest. Special attention will be given to issues of rural/urban split, respect for the integrity of communities, and the potential abuse of expert or professional authority.