Human and Animal Research Ethics - Professional Development Course

The Bioethics Program at the School of Public Health is open for 2012 registrations. These courses are designed to address the growing interest in the life sciences and biomedical technologies as well as the need for ethics education among researchers and practitioners in health-related fields and disciplines. They provide an innovative, interdisciplinary approach and are an excellent way to add value to an ongoing career or build a research career.

Courses are held at Sydney University (Camperdown Campus) and taught in an intensive format over three days, running from 9am to 5pm with an hour for lunch.

Students will receive a certificate of attendance but will not be eligible for university credit as the Professional Development course is not assessed.


This course introduces students to research ethics in its social context. It is appropriate both for those with limited experience serving on ethics committees, and for those seeking to update their skills and knowledge and to become aware of cutting-edge debates in the field.

It explores the philosophical underpinnings of the research endeavour, including the justifications for engaging in research, research priorities, and research integrity. The course also reviews the history of research and the impact of research abuse on both human and animal subjects. International and national guidelines for ethical human and animal research will be discussed and participants will be encouraged to develop practical skills in relation to their own research or areas of interest. The second part of the course will investigate current areas of controversy and public interest in research.

For further details email or call 02 9036 3065.

Topics covered

Topics covered include:

  • History of human and animal research
  • Regulation and ethical principles of human and animal research
  • Human and animal research ethics committees
  • Ethics of qualitative and quantitative research
  • Research on specific populations including vulnerable populations
  • Primate and non-primate animal research
  • The social context of research


Semester 2:

Friday 17 August
Saturday 18 August
Friday 21 September

The course will be held at Sydney University (Camperdown Campus) and taught in an intensive format over three days.

Application deadline

We are not accepting applications for 2012.

Cost and application

Details to be advised in late 2012.

More information

Student Office
Room 329, Level 3
Sydney School of Public Health
Edward Ford Building (A27)
The University of Sydney
NSW 2006 Australia

Phone: +61 2 9036 5487 or +61 2 9351 4366