Ethics in Translational Medicine II - Participant Related Issues

Course content

Translational research presents new organizational, ethical, and legal challenges. Equally, it calls for collaboration and communication between different fields of omics, big data analytics and drug development and attention to the respect for involved participants. A number of dialogical situations in the translational journey of knowledge as well as the ethical questions pertaining to the complex nature of public-private partnerships in health will be identified and discussed in Ethics II.


The course is focused on participant issues. The fellows are asked to reflect ethically on him/herself as a researcher engaged in his/her field (touching on values, positions, relations, etc.). Other participant perspectives that can impact the fellow will eventually be incorporated in reflections (e.g. colleagues, patients, clinics, labs, objects, animal models, society, etc.). Ethical reflections will be promoted through lectures on translation and law. By using artefacts from Medical Museion fellows will also reflect on the ethical issues that these objects represent. 


Fellows will keep a logbook consisting of two exercises. One before the course and one during the course. Instructions will be sent in advance of course.


Course objectives

To understand the moral and legal component in translational medical research by:

  • Acquiring competencies that will help identify, assess and resolve ethical and legal questions and provide an analytical framework of translational movements between different settings
  • Ascertaining the interrelationship between ethical issues and the production of knowledge through omics, big data and pharma
  • Developing dialogical competencies that will support the collaborative effort in generating data, informing clinical therapeutics and improving patient care



BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme


Learning outcome

Upon completing the course, participants should be able to:



  • Understand the relationship between science and society
  • Discuss underlying ethical questions in and ramifications of their professional work



  • Use analytical tools and obtain practical experience with identifying, assessing and resolving ethical and legal questions



  • Critically access and discuss complex ethical issues in their work
  • Obtain an understanding of ethical issues in other disiciplines than their own in translational medicine
  • Master dialogical methods that will support collaboration across fields in translational research


• The course is divided into a theoretical (before noon session) and practical part (afternoon session)
• Focus is on a mentored hands-on experience with postgrads' specific ethical interests and challenges within their own work of moving between basic science and clinical settings
• The course will consist of presentations, small group discussions, pair exercises, case-based work and master class elements
• Individual reading

Course literature is published on Absalon.

Participants must meet the admission criteria in BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme.

Continuous feedback during the course
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Type of assessment details
• Attendance
• Active participation
• Postgrads will do three exercises (one per day of course) and store in a log book that is handed in for peer supervision
All aids allowed
Marking scale
passed/not passed
Censorship form
No external censorship
Criteria for exam assessment

Active contribution and course participation according to the BRIDGE Guidelines.

Part time Master and Diploma courses

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 9
  • Preparation
  • 8
  • Theory exercises
  • 9
  • Exam Preparation
  • 8
  • English
  • 34


Course number
Programme level
Part Time Master
See course dates and course programme in Absalon
15 participants
Study Board for the Professionel Master´s Degree Programmes at The Faculty og Health and Medical Science
Contracting department
  • Department of Public Health
Contracting faculty
  • Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences
Course Coordinators
  • Mette Nordahl Svendsen   (4-6f6775784275777066306d7730666d)
  • Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox   (4-6d70717a4275777066306d7730666d)
Saved on the 04-03-2023

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