Free Mini Certificate in Health Research Ethics for APRU Students

In this virtual, interactive training totalling 12 hours, join students from around the world to develop competencies in health research ethics through short lectures by international guest experts, small group case study discussions facilitated by expert faculty, and self-paced online homework.

Date & Time

September 30 and October 14 & 28 at 5:30 pm (PDT)/
October 1, 15 & 29 at 8:30 am (Hong Kong & Manila time)

Duration: 2 hours per session.


  • 6 hours of discussions and lectures with 6 speakers plus online homework
  • 9 case studies
  • View a tentative program here.


  1. Gabriela Arguedas-Ramírez, Universidad de Costa Rica
  2. Mary Ana Cordero Díaz, Tecnologico de Monterrey
  3. Angus Dawson, University of Sydney
  4. Leonardo D de Castro, University of the Philippines
  5. Sharon Kaur, University of Malaya
  6. Vicki Xafis, National University of Singapore

View bios of the speakers and 15 facilitators below.

How to Register

  1. Complete a free online informed consent training here (30 mins). You should receive a score of at least 85% to pass.
  2. Fill in an online registration form  here and upload your certificate of completion to complete your application.
  3. Deadline of completion: September 15th. Space is limited and fills up quickly so please register ASAP.
  4. A confirmation of registration zoom links will be sent to you within one week once you apply and upload the certificate.
  5. The applications will be reviewed and selected by the Global Health Program. There is no guarantee that all applications will be accepted.
  6. Updates on the closing registration of certain economies will be posted on this page when the quota is full.

Please note

  • The training is free and exclusive for APRU undergraduate and graduate students. 
  • Due to the high demand, we will use a quota-based system per economy to have a diverse cohort suitable for the program.
  • The Global Health Program reserves the rights of the final decision on application acceptance.
  • The training will be conducted in English via Zoom in three sessions of 2 hours each. Students will also be required to complete some online exercises in between the sessions.
  • Those who successfully complete all 6 live session hours plus the required “homework” will receive a certificate of participation.


This Program is sponsored by the University of the Philippines. We acknowledge their active participation and strong support to this important training during the global pandemic.


Additional Info

To join the APRU Global Health Monthly Health Research Ethics Case Studies Discussion Group, please see the details and register here.



APRU Disclaimer: The views, information, or opinions expressed during the Free Mini Certificate in Health Research Ethics for APRU Students are solely those of the individuals involved and do not necessarily represent those of The Association of Pacific Rim Universities (“APRU”) and its employees.  APRU is not responsible and does not verify for accuracy any of the information contained in the series.