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Online Course on: Research Ethics Training Curriculum (RETC)

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Online Course on: Research Ethics Training Curriculum (RETC)

The Research Ethics Training Curriculum (RETC) developed by FHI was first published in the spring of 2001. 

This RETC has been developed for an international audience of researchers and Research Ethics Committee members who:

  • Design or implement research that includes human participants
  • Conduct reviews of the ethical aspects of research

The RETC provides a basic and accessible level of training appropriate for individuals from different professional backgrounds and world regions. It provides:

  • An overview of the main ethical principles to be considered in the development and conduct of research involving human participants
  • Guidance to assist researchers in designing studies that are respectful of local cultures, regulations, and expectations
  • Case studies for considering real-world examples of ethical issues
  • Ancillary reference documents on modern perspectives that shape the research ethics field

The Lotus Flower

Another element retained from the original Research Ethics Training Curriculum is the lotus flower, which we use to symbolize the fundamental ethical elements. In many cultures, the image of the lotus flower represents purity and perfection. Through this curriculum, we challenge the research community to aspire to a pure and perfect research design—the foundation on which ethical research is developed and implemented.

The curriculum is divided into four sections:
  • Contents
  • Case Studies
  • Evaluations
  • Additional Resources
Certificate of Completion

Everyone that successfully completes the RETC is eligible to receive a certificate of completion from FHI’s Office of International Research Ethics (OIRE).

Individuals completing the training online will have to:

  • take the post-test,
  • obtain at least an 80% grade,
  • submit the curriculum evaluation form, and
  • receive the certificate.
  • FHI will issue immediately an electronic copy of the certificate that needs to be completed by the trainee who adds his full name and date of completion.


Example certificate

Example certificate

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