Ethics in Global Health


Course Objective

The student acquires knowledge and insight into:
- The central concepts and theory in applied philosophy and
ethics: deontology and consequentialist models, principles of medical
ethics and ethics of care
- The role of ethical review committees in medical research
- Ethical aspects in relation to social research

The student can apply:
- Instruments for ethical reflection and analysis of moral dilemmas in
the field of global health

The student acquires skills:
- To evaluate of moral dilemmas including implicit and explicit
moral choices that are made in global health issues
- To develop an open and respectful attitude with respect to
diverse value patterns
- To formulate a proper justification in research projects
- To tackle ethical dilemmas in a responsible and professional

Course Content

Researchers in the field of global health gather knowledge through a
transdisciplinary approach in a context where people often find
themselves in vulnerable positions and where results can mean profound
impact on their lives. It is important that researchers take
responsibility for the decisions that they make when designing and
executing research and applying interventions. In this course, the
students learn about different methods and dilemmas appropriate for
ethically justifiable research. Relevant case studies in the field of
global health research are used for illustration.
In small work groups, students are encouraged to deal impartially with
ethical dilemmas. In the assignment students have to elaborate on their
grand proposal and integrate ethical considerations.

Teaching Methods

Lectures,(8 hours),
workgroups (8 hours),
exam (2 hours),
self-study (66 uur).

Method of Assessment

• individual extended ethical justification of personal grant proposal
design (50%)
• exam (50%)
Both elements have to be passed (5,5 or higher).

Entry Requirements

Course on Writing grant proposal (this proposal is input to the course).


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Target Audience

Second-year students of research master in Global Health.
Only open for students not enrolled in Global health research master,
after consent of the coordinator based on a personal proposal for a
qualitative global health study.

Additional Information

Compulsory course for Global Health students

Custom Course Registration


General Information

Course Code AM_1047
Credits 3 EC
Period P2
Course Level 500
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator K. De Sabbata
Examiner dr. E.V. Syurina MSc
Teaching Staff K. De Sabbata

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Study Group, Lecture
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