Environmental Health Sciencs 510

Responsible Conduct of Research and Scholarship

Fall 2019: Monday, 12:00-1:00, M4332 SPH I

Description: The National Institutes of Health defines the responsible conduct of research and scholarship (RCRS) as "the practice of scientific investigation [and academia] with integrity. It involves the awareness and application of established professional norms and ethical principles in the performance of all activities related to scientific research [and academia]." Federal funding agencies like NIH and NSF have charged individual and institutional grant recipients with the responsibility to train all personnel (especially students and postdoctoral fellows) supported by these awards in RCRS practices. This course provides training in RCRS and meets the training requirements mandated by these agencies.

Attendance in this class is mandatory for all MPH, MS, and PhD students as well as postdoctoral fellows enrolled in Environmental Health Sciences and certain allied programs. These students and post-doctoral fellows must enroll in the Fall or Winter term of their first year in the department.

The training consists of 9 modules: (1) Research and Academic Misconduct; (2) Intellectual Property; (3) Responsible Authorship and Publications; (4) Human Subject Research and IRBs; (5) Animal Use and Care; (6) Mentor/Mentee Relationships; (7) Conflict of Interest; (8) Research and Scholarship in Society and the Global Marketplace; and (9) Enhancing Reproducibility - Rigor and Transparency. Modules will be provided as 1-hour sessions, which will contain an overview of salient points and concepts provided by the faculty presenter, followed by a discussion of case studies to illustrate the points covered. Participants will be provided readings in advance of the session and are required to participate in the case discussions. A list of questions and discussion points will be provided to aid the exchange of ideas. To meet the NIH and NSF training guidelines, each class section will be limited to' 25 attendees and meetings will be face-to-face.

Course Goals: The course has two primary goals:
1.       To provide MPH, MS, and PhD students, as well as postdoctoral fellows, in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences with comprehensive training in the responsible conduct of research and scholarship.
2.       To fulfill the NIH and NSF mandates for individual and institutional grant holders to train all personnel supported by these awards in RCRS practices.

 Competencies:
1.       To understand and follow the highest standards of integrity and professional conduct in nine key areas: Research and Academic Misconduct - Fraud, Fabrication, and Plagiarism; Intellectual Property - Data Storage and Ownership; Responsible Authorship and Publications - Peer Review; Human Subjects Research and IRBs; Animal Use and Care- Laboratory Safety and Responsibilities; Mentor/Mentee Relationships; Conflict of Interest - Personal, Professional, and Financial; Research and Scholarship in Society and in the Global Workplace; and Enhancing Reproducibility – Rigor and Transparency.
2.       Explain the critical importance of evidence in advancing public health knowledge (CEPH Foundational Learning Objective #6 in Profession & Science of Public Health).
3.       Interpret results of data analysis for public health research, policy or practice (CEPH Functional Competency #4 in Evidence-based Approaches to Public Health).
4.       Apply awareness of cultural values and practices to the design or implementation of public health policies or programs (CEPH Functional Competency #8 in Planning & Management to Promote Health).
5.       Advocate for political, social or economic policies and programs that will improve health in diverse populations (CEPH Functional Competency #14 in Policy in Public Health).
6.       Communicate audience-appropriate public health content, both in writing and through oral presentation Communication (CEPH Functional Competency #19 in Communication).
7.       Describe the importance of cultural competence in communicating public health content (CEPH Functional Competency #20 in Communication).
8.       Perform effectively on interprofessional teams (CEPH Functional Competency #22 in lnterprofessional Practice).

 Course Requirements:
1.       Each module is accompanied by material that should be read before each class to facilitate discussion amongst the students and faculty.
2.       Attendance and participation at each class session is required to receive an S grade for the class. Students are required to sign in before each class. Students missing a session should inform the course director in advance.
3.       Students will be asked periodically (e.g., bi-weekly) to complete an anonymous on-line evaluation of each module, which includes an assessment of the seminar, its importance, the assigned readings and other supporting materials, and their comments.
4.       Students must complete the five PEERRS modules and provide the course certificate to the course instructor or designate to receive an S grade for the class.
5.       Grading as satisfactory (S) or unsatisfactory (U) will be based on attendance, completion of the PEERRS modules, and participation.