Master of Science in International Health Research Ethics

Introduction

During the last two decades, the world and especially the developing countries have witnessed an increasing amount of biomedical research including clinical trials. Most of the research is designed in the developed world but implemented in the developing countries. The majority of the developing countries where the research is being conducted have a limited capacity in the area of research ethics and bioethics. This degree program aims at building capacity in the area of international research ethics. This capacity will assure ethical and a scientific review of research protocols developed by local and international scientists. The graduates of this program will serve as research ethicists on Ethical Review Committees (ERC) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). They will also have the requisite knowledge, skills and attitudes to serve as research and/or Clinical Trial managers. In addition, they will also be able to design and conduct scientifically and ethically sound research.

The Master of Science degree in International Research Ethics will therefore fill in a gap that is currently not being addressed adequately nationally and internationally. This programme is in line with Moi University vision and mission and the School of Medicine to produce graduates with practical and intellectual skills appropriates to the needs of present and future Kenyan society.

Specifically, at the end of the programme the graduate should be able to:

  1. Conduct training in International Research Ethics

  2. Design, conduct and disseminate research findings

  3. Review research proposals

  4. Apply laws and regulation governing research.

  5. Develop guidelines and procedures to govern conduct of research in institutions

  6. Participate in ethical community engagement in research.

  7. Provide leadership in research and ethics and serve as role models.

Course Requirements

The applicant must satisfy the minimum Moi University requirements for Masters Degree programme. Specifically, applicants must be:

a) A holder of a bachelor’s degree in Science, Health, Arts and Humanities by Moi University or other institutions recognized by Moi University.

b) Applicants will be required to appear for an oral interview and written entrance examination.

c) Pass admission interviews as determined by the Department Postgraduate Committee.

Course Structure

The Master of Science degree in International Research Ethics programme shall be by course work, examinations and practicum report and research thesis. The programme shall be covered within a minimum of two years of four consecutive semesters of full time and a maximum of four (4) years.

Year1 Semester1

COURSE

UNITS

HRE 800: Basics of Medical Education & ICT

HRE 810:Metaphysics & Theories of knowledge

HRE 811:Research Methods

HRE 812:Contemporary and Emerging issues in international research

HRE 813:Management of international research

HRE 814:Ethics committees and consultations

HRE 823: Gender and Research Ethics

2

3

3

3

3

3

2

19

Year1 semester2

                                                         

COURSE

HRE 815: Principles of Healthcare ethics

HRE 816: Qualitative Data Analysis

HRE 817: Epidemiology

HRE 818: Applied Biostatistics

HRE 819: Ethical, environmental and policy issues in international research

HRE 820: Research Proposal

HRE 821: Contemporary ethical theories

 

UNITS

3

2

3

3

3

2

3

19

Electives (Minimum of 4 Units)

 

UNITS

2

2

2

2

8

COURSE

HRE 823:Applied Anthropology in healthcare

HRE 824:Health policy and planning

HRE 825:African Ethics

HRE 827: Personality, human behavior andresearch

Sub Total: Electives

Year1 semester3

HRE 828:Practicum

Elective

HRE 899: Research and Thesis

6

2

9

Year2 semester4

HRE 822: leadership in Ethics

Electives

HRE 899: Research and Thesis

3

2

 

 

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