Learn at Your Convenience

Penn's Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy offers the training you need in research and clinical ethics. Sign up to learn in brief segments as suits your schedule and interests. For a broad view of research or clinical ethics, choose a core course, which takes about three hours to complete and costs only $19.99. For specialized topics, take a micro course—a burst of learning, roughly an hour long, which costs only $7.99. Each includes lecture videos, readings, supplementary resources, and assessments. Physicians and physician assistants may earn CME credits, and nurses may earn contact hours by successfully completing these courses.

Learn at your convenience online, including on mobile devices. Join our mailing list to be notified when additional courses, including behavioral health topics, are available.

Ethics of Human Research Series

This series is designed to provide basic knowledge and skills on how to make ethical evaluations on research protocols, including understanding of specific ethical requirements and regulations, to clinicians and those required to train in the protection of human research participants.

CORE: Ethics of Human Research, taught by Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD

MICRO: Neuroethics, taught by Jonathan D. Moreno, PhD

Clinical Ethics Series

MICRO: Children's Roles in Medical Decisions, taught by Steven Joffe, MD, MPH

MICRO: Tarasoff Duties, taught by Dominic A. Sisti, PhD

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If you have questions, please contact Caitlin O'Neill, Program Manager for Online Educational Initiatives, at 215-746-3971 or MEHPonline@pennmedicine.upenn.edu.