Research Ethics Training for Health

Dr. Cynthia Pearson and colleagues have produce the rETHICS curriculum and a compete trainers toolkit for researchers and community members who are engaged in research conducted with Indigenous communities.

rETHICS training toolkit

The toolkit consists of the rETHICS curriculum, facilitator guides, PowerPoint presentations, and case studies presented in six modules. Also included are quiz questions, an answer key, and a certificate of completion. Each PowerPoint presentation is matched with a step-by-step facilitator guide that includes in-depth information of each human subjects training content area and a scripted guide. As part of the training, there are interactive exercises that discuss different case studies, such as the 1979 Barrow Alcohol Study and the 1989 Havasupai case. The toolkit provides approximately 6 hours of training.

At the conclusion of the course, participants will have completed the following required training for the conduct with human subjects:

  1. Research with AIAN Communities
  2. The History of Ethical Regulations
  3. What is Human Subjects Research?
  4. Institutional Review Board (IRB)
  5. Risks and Benefits from Research
  6. Ensuring Confidentiality and Managing Risk
  7. Informed Consent
  8. Vulnerability
  9. Children in Research
  10.  Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Research

Link to peer review publication validating the rETHICS curriculum

A culturally tailored research ethics training curriculum for American Indian and Alaska Native communities: a randomized comparison trial 

Link to the open access rETHIC Curriculum (note this is only the curriculum and not the toolkit)


Access the rETHICS human subject training curriculum

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