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APRU Global Health Monthly Health Research Ethics Case Studies Discussion Group

August 4 - December 2

The APRU Global Health Working Group on Bioethics is offering a monthly informal discussion group on case studies in global health research ethics for students from all APRU member universities. During this one-hour session, we will begin with a very brief lecture on the topic of the month, given by one of the experts from our group. Following this, students will move into small breakout rooms for about 30 minutes to discuss two case studies in order to see how the principles of health research ethics are applied in the real-world. Through the discussions with students from several other countries, students will be able to broaden their views about these topics and to share their own experiences with others.

Specific Aims

  1. To provide informal training in health research ethics for students at APRU member institutions to build capacity for ethical research
  2. To strengthen infrastructure to support ethics training in medical and public health research
  3. To provide an opportunity for students to interact with and learn from other students and bioethics experts from around the world

 Learning Objectives

  1. Outline the main principles that guide the ethical conduct of research with human subjects
  2. Analyze real-world cases of ethical challenges in health research
  3. Describe best practices in ethical health research and practice to protect human subjects



Date / TimeTopicCases to be Discussed
Aug. 4 at 6 pm (PDT)
Aug. 5 at 9 am (HK time)
What is health research?4 and 7
Sep. 8 at 6 pm (PDT)
Sep. 9 at 9 am (HK time)
Unfair Inducement35 and 39
Oct. 6 at 6 pm (PDT)
Oct. 7 at 9 am (HK time)
Informed Consent25 and 26
Nov. 3 at 6 pm (PDT)
Nov. 4 at 9 am (HK time)
Harm/Benefit Analysis43 and 56
Dec. 1 at 5 pm (PST)
Dec. 2 at 9 am (HK time)
Privacy47 and 51


We will be using the book Casebook on Ethical Issues in International Health Research, available for free online. This publication is the outcome of a project of the Secretariat of the Research Ethics Review Committee of the WHO and includes 64 case studies from real-world scenarios.

Students should self-enroll in the Canvas course website to find the link to the book and other important information.

Please note, this activity is open to students within the APRU member universities only. 
Register here!

Email Dr Mellissa Withers at mwithers@usc.edu for further inquiries.



APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the APRU Global Health Monthly Health Research Ethics Case Studies Discussion Group are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.