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The Global Health Network is proud to announce the launch of its substantial e-learning resource; Research Ethics Online Training ( This comprehensive course has been adapted from a training course and resource package designed and produced by the World Health Organisation (WHO). It consists of 14 modules and a substantial resource library covering:
1. Introduction to Research Ethics
2. Principles and Guidelines
3. Evaluating Risks and Benefits
4. Issues in Study Design
5. Understanding Vulnerability
6. Obligations to Research Participants
7. Engaging with Communities
8. Privacy and Confidentiality
9. Informed Consent
10. Other Ethical Issues
11. Biobanks and genomic research
12. Including people with disabilities
13. Women in Biomedical Research
14. Research in Public Health Emergencies
Modules vary in length but each should take no more than 30 to 45 minutes to complete and progress can be saved at any point. Optional quizzes accompany each module and must be completed to gain certification for successful completion of the entire course.
The full Research Ethics Online Training is available from the The Global Health Network e-Learning Centre:

  • drnadiaali nadia 23 Mar 2014

    I am grateful to come across to this useful course in research methodoogy, since this is an important part ifor conducting research,I do hope that this course will offer me an exellent skills needed in health research in my country.

  • Ola acabo de me associar a rede global e sou do comite de etica em pesquisa do Instituto de Saude da Secretaria Estadual de Saude de Sao Paulo Brasil Vou me interessar com certeza

    Hello I have just join in the global network and I am the Research Ethics Committee of the Institute of Health of the State Department of Health of Sao Paulo Brazil I will certainly interest me

  • nutan Nutan Prabha Jain 27 Feb 2014

    This course is a signficant step towards quality of research. Our health and hospital management students and faculty would certainly be benefitted at IIHMR University, Jaipur, India.

  • GHN_Editors The Editorial Team 22 Feb 2014

    Thank you very much for the kind comments. We have been very pleased by the large number of people who have accessed and completed this course in its first week. We hope many more people will benefit.

    These courses are free to take at any time, without any timetable for completion.

  • It's really humbling and deeply motivating to come across such a highly cherished and admired site. I hope that the course will offer me invaluable skills needed in health research in Kenya.

  • echilolo edward chilolo 21 Feb 2014

    This is one of the important pillars in conducting research especially in my home country, Tanzania. I would like to know if I am behind the study timetable.

  • GHN_Editors The Editorial Team 21 Feb 2014

    Dear Smit Shah - Thanks for notifying us that you were unable to access your certificate at the end of the course. We have been in touch with the solution and look forward to hearing from you.

    We have been very pleased by the number of people who have taken this course, and have downloaded their certificates.

    Many thanks, Editorial Team

  • smit21shah Smit Shah 21 Feb 2014

    it was really helpful for researchers around the globe. appreciate for the designing and developing such a course. However not accesable for the certificate after completion the course.

  • flubuga Felix Lubuga 21 Feb 2014

    I am grateful to come across to this useful course in research, hope will add a recognizable value in improving health my fellow Tanzanians