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 with attention to the respect for involved participants. This situation calls for a trained ethical attention conscious of professional and personal values.


The course is focused on participant issues. The participants 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 participant 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 participants will also reflect on the ethical issues that these objects represent.


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 a conceptual framework for addressing ethical questions
  • Ascertaining the interrelationship between ethical issues and the production of translational knowledge
  • Developing dialogical competencies that will support the collaborative effort in generating data, developing 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 disciplines 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 and practical part. Focus is on a mentored hands-on experience with participants' specific ethical interests and challenges within their own work of moving between basic science and clinical settings.

The course consists of:
• Presentations, small group discussions, pair exercises, case-based work and master class elements.
• Individual reading.
• One full day visit and work at Medical Museion.

Participants 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.

The course will end with an evaluation where participants must reflect on course learning outcomes and give feedback for course development.

Course literature will be published on Absalon.

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

Continuous feedback during the course of the semester
Type of assessment
Continuous assessment
Course participation
Type of assessment details
Attendance and active participation including two written assignments, one before the course and one during (to be presented during the course) and one presentation in class.
Exam registration requirements

Participants are automatically registered for the examination upon admission to the BRIDGE - Translational Excellence Programme.

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 and Practicalities.

Part time Master and Diploma courses

  • Category
  • Hours
  • Lectures
  • 9
  • Preparation
  • 10
  • Exercises
  • 9
  • English
  • 28


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   (4-726a787b45787a736933707a336970)
  • Jeanette Bresson Ladegaard Knox   (4-7073747d45787a736933707a336970)
Saved on the 05-07-2023

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