MASTER OF INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH BIOETHICS

 

The Monash University Master in International Research Bioethics

 

The Monash University Master in International Research Bioethics provides 5 trainees annually with the theoretical and methodological skills required to lead others in both the practice of ethical decision-making in the research context in their own countries and in the teaching of necessary skills. The degree is taught by distinguished faculty members, many internationally renowned for their achievements, coming from a wide variety of disciplines (including philosophy, medicine, public health, law and theology). Trainees benefit from the links that Consortium members have to a variety of local institutions and ethics committees, including the Australian Health Ethics Committee, the principal national committee dealing with bioethical issues. They are also assisted by the intimate knowledge that faculty members have of the trainee’s countries and projects.

 

The Objectives and Aims of the Master of International Research Bioethics

The overall objectives of the Monash University Master of International Research Bioethics are

  1. To strengthen health research and bioethics capacity in low and middles income countries in the Asia Pacific region.
  2. To provide a comprehensive research bioethics program focussed on the ethics of conducting research in low and middle-income countries in the Asia Pacific region.
  3. To provide the foundation for sustained collaboration in research bioethics between Australian and partner institutions in the Asia Pacific region.

The specific aims of the Monash University Master of International Research Bioethics are:

  1. To select a cohort of 5 trainees annually from low and middle income countries in the Asia Pacific region with demonstrated capacity to benefit for the Master of International Research Bioethics and who are likely to assume positions of leadership upon completion of their degree.
     
  2. To train this cohort in an interdisciplinary program covering comparative moral theory, bioethics, research bioethics in an international setting, quantitative and qualitative research methodology, critical appraisal techniques and relevant law. Training includes significant practicum experience and involvement with local organizations concerned with the development of bioethical policy and its implementation.
     
  3. To provide a distinguished interdisciplinary faculty drawn from a broadly based Consortium established for the program.
     
  4. To provide ongoing support to trainees through the program by virtue of the significant existing institutional relationships between consortium members and government and non-government agencies in the Asia Pacific region. This support will assist trainees to assume their positions of leadership in the practice of bioethics and its teaching.

 

Outline of Subjects for the Master of International Research Bioethics.

The Master in International Research Bioethics is centred on four core competencies:

  1. Basic moral theory and bioethics and the application of bioethical principles to research in both domestic and international collaborative contexts;
  2. Quantitative and qualitative research methodology and practice;
  3. Special issues in international health research; and the
  4. Practical operation of research ethics committees.

The course is structured in a graduated way, such that foundational, background subjects are taught first and are followed by those that are more conceptually complex. Comparative Moral Theory, Bioethics and Epidemiology and Statistics will taught in first semester. Law Bioethics and Research, International Research Bioethics, Critical Appraisal Skills and Qualitative Methods are taught in the second semester and Women and Children’s Health, Poverty, Conflict, Vulnerability and Research in third semester.

Teaching is interactive. Trainees are expected to participate in discussion offering the benefit of their experiences to other class members and to teachers. Much of the assessment will be based upon analysis of the environment that is familiar to the trainee. They will be required to provide class presentations and written material of postgraduate quality. Meetings will take place once a fortnight between the trainees and Program Director to discuss any difficulties trainees may have.

Required Courses:

  1. Comparative Moral Theory
  2. Health Care Ethics
  3. Epidemiology
  4. Biostatistics
  5. Law, Bioethics and Research
  6. International Research Bioethics
  7. Critical Appraisal Skills
  8. Field Methods
  9. Women and Children’s Health
  10. Poverty, Conflict, Vulnerability and Research
  11. Computing Health Communications and Training
  12. Research Bioethics Practicum

EPM5020 Comparative moral theory and ethics.

Dr G Petterson

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + first semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Principles of ethical theory as a foundation for study in bioethics. Different models of ethical theory and reasoning discussed, various cultural and religious traditions explored. The approach provides a comparative cultural background within which students are able to contextualise bioethical debates. Issues in metaethics considered prior to discussion of three main traditional perspectives in normative ethics – Kantianism, Utilitarianism, and Virtue Ethics.

Assessment: Take home examination + written assignments + oral presentation

CHB5233 Principles of health care ethics

Dr R Sparrow (Arts Faculty)

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + first semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Focus on four main ethical principles, embodying the concepts of autonomy, privacy, beneficence, and justice. Analyse and discuss a variety of broad ethical issues which arise in patient care, i.e. the allocation of health care resources, the justifiability of paternalism, breaches of patient confidentiality, in vitro fertilisation, research involving humans, and euthanasia, conscientious refusals to treat patients, and issues in family caregiving.

Assessment: Assignment (60%) + Take-home exam (40%)

 

MPH1040 Introductory epidemiology

Dr D Magliano

6 points + 2 contact hours per week on-campus or OCL + 3 day block + first semester + Alfred + Corequisite: MPH1041

To be taken concurrently with MPH1041. Together they are prerequisites for clinical epidemiology elective units Synopsis: Contents: rates, sources of data, descriptive & analytical epidemiology, epidemiological study designs, critical appraisal of literature, screening, prevention, exposure assessment, outbreak investigation, confounding & bias.

Assessment: Assignments (30%) + examination (70%)

 

MPH1041 Introductory biostatistics

Dr B Billah

6 points + 2 contact hours per week on-campus or OCL + 3 day block + first semester + Alfred + Corequisite: MPH1040

To be taken concurrently with MPH1040. Together they are prerequisites for clinical epidemiology elective units. Synopsis: Whilst minimal previous knowledge is assumed, the learning curve is fairly steep. Contents: descriptive statistics, probability distributions, sampling distribution, concept of standard error , estimation & confidence intervals, hypothesis testing, analysis of variance & regression, contingency tables, chi-square test, RR/OR, sample size determination. Access is required to a calculator equipped with elementary scientific functions (e.g. Casio FS-100).

Assessment: Written assignments (100%)

 

EPM5021 Research with vulnerable populations

Dr B Loff

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + second semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Overview of considerations pertinent to research in situations in which the capacity of potential participants in research to exercise their rights is gravely diminished, for example: sex workers, illicit drug users, men who have sex with men, refugee populations, people living in poverty, conditions of civil rights violations, war or internal conflict. How should research with vulnerable populations be undertaken, if at all?

Assessment: Written assignment (100%)

 

EPM5022 Critical appraisal skills

Dr J Black

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + second semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Provides a theoretical introduction and is followed by practical experience in critically appraising both published research findings and proposals for new research. All the principle types of public health and clinical studies are considered through guided reading and class discussion of both contemporary and ‘landmark’ studies.

Assessment: Written assignments (80%) + class presentation. (20%)

 

EPM5023 International research bioethics

Dr D Zion

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + second semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Consideration of the key bioethical issues in research including international collaborative research, development of the rules guiding research, essential components of ethical review processes, the geopolitical purposes served by international health research. Also considered are specific concerns such as the 10.90 disequilibrium, the relationship between parties involved in research (host and sponsor countries, multilateral organisations and pharmaceutical companies), trial design, community and individual participation, informed consent, placebo controlled trials, justice and access to benefits during and subsequent to the trial, and capacity building.

Assessment: Written assignment (100%)

 

EPM5024 Research, bioethics and law

Ms H Potts

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + second semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Review of domestic and international legal approaches to health and research including examination of substantive issues such as consent, confidentiality, discrimination, privacy, contract, intellectual property and human rights. Also considered are different international codes, guidelines and harmonisation of standards and

the roles of international organisations such as WHO, UNAIDS, UNESCO.

Assessment: Written assignment (100%)

 

MPH2049 Field methods for international health planning & evaluation

Dr T Stewart

6 points + 6x2 weekday contact hours and 2x7 weekend contact hours + first semester or second semester + 5 day block + Alfred + Prerequisites or

Corequisites:MPH1040 & MPH1041/MPH1030 & MPH1031 + Prerequisite :Basic computer proficiency

Synopsis: Rapid appraisal of community health needs; public health surveillance; population surveys; survey sampling methods; measuring mortality; measurement of the burden of disease; cost-effectiveness & cost-benefit measurement; program monitoring; using health data for decision making; participatory evaluation of health programs; & applied health research.

Assessment: Written assignment (100%)

 

EPM5025 Research practicum

Ms H Potts

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + second semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Students will participate as observers on ethical review boards of large teaching hospitals or research institutes in Melbourne for the purpose of equipping them to lead and participate in ethical review processes. They will have the opportunity to interview members of the various committees and administrative staff in order to become familiar with the administrative needs of such committees and the problems that can arise.

Assessment: Written assignment (80%) & class presentation (20%)

 

MPH2050 Health of women and children in developing countries

Dr W Holmes

6 points + 6 day block + second semester + Alfred + Prerequisite: Basic computer proficiency

Synopsis: Overview of women & children’s health in resource poor settings using a life-cycle approach, including current health status of women, children’s & policy trends. Analysis of determinants in women & children’s health in poor communities, introduction of concepts in planning, implementation, management & evaluation of effective strategies to promote women & children’s health. Gender analysis, reproductive health, maternal & neonatal health, nutrition, children’s rights, protection issues & ageing.

Assessment: Assignments (40%) + group presentation (10%) + short answer examination (40%) + participation (10%)

 

MPH2082 Computing health communications & training

Mr K Benton

6 points + 6 day intensive block + second semester + Burnet + Prerequisite: Basic computer proficiency

NB: Students completing MPH2082 cannot undertake MPH1016.

Synopsis: Overview of communication & training skills needed for community health work in developing countries. Training strategies for community health work including adult learning principles, theory & application, design & program establishment options, facilitation skills & participatory methods. Communication strategies for health promotion. Communication skills for effective health management, report writing & cross-cultural communication. Practical approach to design & implementation of training programs & health promotion strategies.

Assessment: Assignment (75%) + group work (25%).

 

Trainees may also audit:

 

MPH2055 Health ethics & human rights

Dr B Loff

6 points + 2 contact hours per week + first semester + Alfred

Synopsis: Interrelationship between public health, human rights & ethics. Includes discussion of aboriginal health, women’s health, HIV/AIDS, intellectual property & access to pharmaceuticals, refugee health, complex humanitarian crises amongst other topics analysed from a human rights perspective.

Assessment: Written report (60%) + oral presentation (30%) + class participation (10%)

 

MPH2058 Managing community-based HIV programs in developing countries

Ms C Vaughan

6 points + 7 day intensive block + second semester + Burnet + Prerequisite: Basic computer proficiency

Synopsis: Issues involved in assessing risk of HIV transmission in a community. Developing & managing a multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS, including prevention of infection & health care needs of persons with AIDS, global HIV/AIDS situation, key determinants of infection & relative success of various

approaches to AIDS epidemic in affected countries. Elements of a community HIV/AIDS situation & components of a community-based HIV/AIDS prevention & care program.

Assessment: Written assignment (60%) + short answer examination (40%)

 

Evaluation

All students completing subjects with the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine are required to complete a comprehensive evaluation. In addition fortnightly meetings with the Project Director will provide contemporaneous and ongoing information about the usefulness of course offerings, teaching, materials and the general quality of the educational experience of the trainees. Further follow-up will be sought from trainees six months after their return to their institutions in order to assess the actual difference participation in the course has made. One year after this, graduates will be formally contacted (as we expect informal contact to be maintained) and their involvement in work relevant to the course evaluated.

The Melbourne Consortium for International Research Bioethics

The Melbourne Consortium for International Research Bioethics was formed in order to provide a Faculty of exceptional breadth and depth. Consortium members include: Monash University, Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Centre for Human Bioethics and Faculty of Law; University of Melbourne, Department of Medicine, Centre for the Study of Health and Society, Key Centre for Women’s Health, Australian International Health Institute, Centre for Child International Health and Department of Philosophy; Deakin University, School of Public Health; and Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health, International Health Unit.

 

Consortium members have extensive expertise in bioethics including the bioethics of international collaborative health research, international health and international health research, clinical and public health research, cross cultural and ethnographic research, and medical, public health and human rights law. The Monash Centre for Human Bioethics, founded by Professor Peter Singer in 1983, has been a world leader in developing the field of bioethics. Peter Singer was the founding president of the International Association of Bioethics. The Centre’s intensive courses have been offered for 17 years and are regularly attended by international health professionals.

 

All organizations have had previous experience in providing academic training by way of consortium arrangements. For example the Victorian Consortium for Public Health comprises four of Victoria’s leading universities: Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and Deakin and La Trobe Universities. This Consortium aims to support the enhancement of health in Australia and other countries through the development and implementation of high quality education, research, training and consultancy activities in public health. It combines the specialised fields and experience of each university in order to offer trainees the best possible educational experience.

All organizations have had previous experience in providing academic training by way of consortium arrangements. For example the Victorian Consortium for Public Health comprises four of Victoria’s leading universities: Monash University, the University of Melbourne, and Deakin and La Trobe Universities. This Consortium aims to support the enhancement of health in Australia and other countries through the development and implementation of high quality education, research, training and consultancy activities in public health. It combines the specialised fields and experience of each university in order to offer trainees the best possible educational experience.

Monash University

Currently Monash University has a total of 44,000 trainees worldwide and more than 9,000 trainees from over 100 countries speaking more than 90 languages. The number of international trainees at Monash University far exceeds the number enrolled at most other universities and is a demonstration of Monash’s commitment to internationalisation of its offerings. By way of comparison New York University is host to more international trainees than any other college or university in the United States. In 2000-2001 over 5,000 international trainees were enrolled at that university (http://www.nyu.edu/osl/oiss/publications/facultyguide.html). University College London has 5,000 international trainees (http://www.ucl.ac.uk/UCL-Info/Publications/Recruitment/UGProspectus/Current/international/ ). Harvard University hosts 3,330 international trainees http://vpf-web.harvard.edu/factbook/00-01/page12a.htm).

Monash University has campuses in Malaysia and South Africa and centres in London and Italy and has active research and trainee exchange links with many countries including Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand.

     

Monash International

Monash International is an agency within Monash University that provides advice and support programs for international trainees including meeting trainees at the airport, helping with the location of accommodation on or off campus, organising overseas trainee health cover, referring trainees to University services and assisting with visas and visa renewals. Monash International also organises social activities and orientation programs. There is a Monash International Trainee Service Unit at 5 of Monash’s 6 Australian campuses.

Chaplains in the Monash University community service can provide spiritual support regardless of religious faith. Muslim prayer facilities are provided on or near to all campuses. The Salaam Monash Handbook for Muslim trainees also provides information on Islamic societies and halal food.

The Monash University English Language Centre offers a number of courses in Melbourne and China that are a preparation for formal tertiary studies in English. Computer and language laboratories are also available to assist trainees in listening, vocabulary, grammar, reading and pronunciation.

Monash University - Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

The Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine is a major teaching and research Department within the Monash University Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences. The Department presently consists of about 80 staff with a broad range of professional expertise and additional honorary staff. It has strong collaborative links with many clinical and public health units in Victoria and throughout Australia. The Department pays specific attention to the conduct of research according to high ethical standards and the observation of good research practice; provision of a favourable environment for the training of graduate trainees and the development of strong links with centres of expertise in Australia and internationally. Increasing numbers of international trainees are enrolling in Masters courses offered by the Department including specialist courses specifically devised for this audience.

     

Mentorship In-Country

The Consortium’s aim is to continue its relationship with trainees beyond the period of the course. This will be achieved in a numbers of ways: through continued mentorship in their home country by virtue of the enhancement and strengthening of existing "on the ground" relationships; through continuing communication.

In particular, while in Australia, as a part of the course trainees will work with 2 Australian supervisors who are members of the Consortium and a senior member of their own institution to develop a project to implement upon their return. One Australian supervisor will have institutional linkages with the trainee’s organization. The second will have expertise in the theory and practice of research and bioethics. The representative of the trainee’s institution will provide guidance as to the content of the project and provide support to the trainee upon his or her return. In this way some momentum will be provided for sustained activity. This will be assisted by the continued local presence of Consortium members.

 

Recruitment of Trainees

Trainees are recruited through negotiation with institutions and projects in developing countries in the Asia Pacific region in which Consortium members have long-established relationships. These include: the National AIDS Council and the Institute of Medical Research, Papua New Guinea; the University of Peradeniya in Sri Lanka; the University of Indonesia, and the Eijkmann Institute for Molecular Biology, Jakarta and University of Udayana, Bali, Indonesia; the Public Health Bureau, Tibet; the University of the South Pacific, and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Fiji; the Lao Ministry of Health, Laos; the National Institute of Malaria Parasitology and Entomology, Hanoi, Vietnam; the Khon Kaen University, the Mahidol University and the Prince of Songkla University, Thailand; the University of the Philippines and the Royal Institute of Tropical Medicine, Manila, Philippines; and the Jamkhed Rural Comprehensive Health Program, the Emmanuel Hospitals Association, the Voluntary Health Association and the National AIDS Control Organisation, India and so on.

 

Applicants for the program are required to satisfy the Program Director and Associate Directors that:

 
  1. They are able to complete the requirements of the course. They may demonstrate this by virtue of previous academic qualifications, the nature of the work they currently undertake, testimonials from referees and recommendations from Australian Program Faculty working with their institution. Academic qualifications may be in a range of disciplines including medicine, science, philosophy and law.
 
  1. They have local institutional support to attend the course and the opportunity to and means by which the skills acquired may be put to use. This will require undertakings from relevant institutions indicating how they plan to facilitate this work.
 

Applicants are also required to explain why want to do the course and how they intend to make use of newly acquired knowledge. Potential trainees must be at the right point in their career and of sufficient seniority to exercise influence over others and make a difference.

 

Recommendations from the Program Director and Associate Program Director go to the International Advisory Committee for final approval.

Program Director

    Bebe Loff, BA LLB MA is Head, Research Bioethics in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. She is a lawyer who has qualifications in philosophy and studied medical law and ethics and Kings College, London University. Bebe Loff directed the legislative program for several ministers of health in her State. She managed an extensive and complex review of public health law in the early 1980s and smaller reviews of legislation dealing with, amongst other matters, the regulation of health practitioners, advance directives, regulation of public and private health services, quality assurance, and therapeutic goods, drugs and poisons. The review of public health law involved consideration of infectious diseases law including laws applicable to HIV/AIDS. The outcome was generally regarded as a model for other States in Australia, and Australia’s approach of partnership between government and affected groups facilitated by a legislative framework respectful of rights has been lauded internationally.

    Bebe Loff is a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee, Australia’s principal ethics committee and the Vaccine Working Party of the Australian National Council on AIDS, Hepatitis C and Related Diseases. Prior to this she was a member of the legal working party of the Australian Intergovernmental Committee on AIDS whose final report significantly influenced the United Nations publication "HIV/AIDS and Human Rights – International Guidelines" (New York and Geneva 1998).

 

    Bebe Loff was Australia’s representative at discussions held by UNAIDS about ethical guidelines for HIV vaccine trials. In this regard she was commissioned to produce a paper dealing with "Protection of Subjects in HIV Vaccine Trials". She was a consultant to the British Medical Association in relation to their publication "The Medical Profession and Human Rights" (Zed Books in association with the BMA, London and New York, 2001). She is currently producing ethical guidelines commissioned by the Australian Government concerning ethical issues in HIV vaccine trials being conducted both locally and internationally. She was also recently contracted to provide advice to the Federal Government regarding: ethical and human rights issues surrounding the distribution of an influenza vaccine during a pandemic; privacy concerns when transferring public health information across jurisdictions; and appropriate responses to those who intentionally or recklessly transmit HIV to others.

    In addition Bebe Loff has worked on projects in both remote and urban Aboriginal populations and with an AusAID funded project dealing with sexual health law in Papua New Guinea. She has worked with numerous community-based organizations including local and international sex worker groups (for over 20 years) and groups whose focus is HIV/AIDS.

    She is a correspondent with The Lancet and has published extensively in that journal (and in others) including publications on the ethics of international collaborative health research. She is also the author of a number of government publications, though authorship is not cited in those documents. Her work is referred to on the Fogarty Center website http://www.nih.gov/fic/programs/bioethics/bioethicsaward.html, describing the deliberations of the Global Forum for Bioethics in Research (In the News: April - June 2001 Issues in Medical Ethics — The Global Forum for Bioethics in Research: report of a meeting and In the News: October 30, 2000 The Lancet — Forum develops ideas for a global strategy for bioethics research). She has taught health law and ethics and developed courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for both medical and law trainees since 1994.

     

    Associate Director

    Dr Mike Toole BMedSc MBBS DTM&H currently holds several academic appointments namely: Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine, Monash University; Adjunct Asst. Professor, School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York; and Adjunct Professor, School of Health Sciences, Deakin University, Melbourne. Prior to this he was Associate Professor, School of Public Health, Emory

    University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA. At Emory University he was voted "Professor of the Year" in 1994.

    Mike Toole has received numerous commendations for his work including the: Thai Red Cross Commendation Medal for services to refugees; US Public Health Service, Special Recognition Award (refugee health); CDC Honor Award (public health crisis in former Soviet Union); and the US Public Health Service, Special Recognition Award (Rwandan refugees).

    He has had extensive international experience in training and education in public health and in policy and program management. He has coordinated courses in health management and refugee health at CDC and Emory University’s School of Public Health and contributed to public health surveillance and communicable disease control courses at Emory, Tufts, Columbia, Johns Hopkins, Tulane, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Idaho Universities (US). In 1997 he developed and taught an epidemiology module in first national course on refugee health for US-based relief agencies. He has conducted courses in epidemiology and public health in emergency settings for the US Government, UNHCR, UNICEF, WHO, Médecins sans Frontières (1990-2000), the Center of Excellence in Disaster Management & Humanitarian Assistance, Honolulu (‘96-‘01), James Cook University (‘96-‘01), and ANU/NCEPH (1996-00). He is the coordinator of Graduate Diploma of International Health in Monash University’s Master of Public Health.

    He has also had significant experience in public health policy development and program management. Mike Toole supervises the activities of the International Health Unit of the Macfarlane Burnet Institute for Medical Research and Public Health in Indonesia, India, Thailand, Zimbabwe, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Burma, PNG, Pacific Island Nations, and China as well as collaborative projects with WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, and UNDP. He was Project Director for: an AusAID funded primary health care &

    water supply project, Tibet Autonomous Region, China, 1998-2000; the Lao Youth AIDS/STD project, Lao Youth Union, Vientiane, Lao PDR, 1998-2001; and the Tibet HIV/AIDS Response Project, 1999-2001. He also provided technical support to Healthy Start for Child Survival Project, Lombok, Indonesia, 1995-96 and managed a rural district primary health care (PHC) program, in the Nan Province, northern Thailand (1976-80).

    Mike Toole has 48 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 9 book chapters. He is also the author of several CDC publications where authorship is not cited in the publication and has contributed to the Encyclopedia Brittanica on several occasions.

    Associate Director

    Dr Jim Black MBBS (Hons) DTM&H MCommH has a long-standing interest in the application of bioethics in developing countries. He has published on the recent debate concerning the Helsinki Declaration on research involving human subjects.

    He is Head of Epidemiology at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Service at the Royal Melbourne Hospital. He has extensive experience as a clinician, epidemiologist and public health researcher, gained over nearly ten years in both urban and rural Africa (mostly Mozambique and Tanzania). For four years he was the epidemiologist to the Provincial Department of Health in Manica district, Mozambique, where he was involved in HIV and STI surveillance, and operational research into HIV/AIDS transmission and a number of other public health issues.

    Since his return to Australia in 1998 he has been based in the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at Monash University. As well as his own research on the use of artificial neural networks in epidemiology he created and taught a class on Infectious Disease Epidemiology for the Master of Public Health course. He has contributed to several other courses at undergraduate and graduate level, including Field methods for planning and evaluation, Refugee health, Communicable disease control in developing countries and Health, Ethics and Human rights. He was senior epidemiologist in the World Health Organization team that set up and ran the disease surveillance system shortly after the arrival of the international peacekeeping force in East Timor in 1999.

 

Administrative Structure of the Monash University Master in International Research Ethics

 

The program is structured as follows:

  • Program Director (Bebe Loff)
  • Associate Directors (Mike Toole, Jim Black)
  • Executive Committee (Course Directors)
  • The Faculty
  • International Advisory Committee (Scott Burris, Ann Sommerville, Zita Lazarrini, Fatima Castillo- Alverez)

Program Director, Bebe Loff is responsible for the supervision of the Program in its entirety, both in respect of program content and conduct. Associate Directors, Mike Toole and Jim Black will support Bebe Loff but will have individual responsibilities related to the operation of the program at campuses other than at Monash University and for facilitating sustained activity in-country at the completion of the course.

The Executive Committee meets at least once during each semester to discuss the progress of trainees and improvements to the Program. The Faculty is kept informed about developments and contributes via email communication.

The International Advisory Committee provides comment on the overall Program and its progress, course content, and participates in the selection of applicants. It is guided by the objectives of the Program.

 

Administrative Support for the Monash University Master in International Research Ethics

Administrative support for the Monash University Master in International Research Ethics is provided by Lizbeth Moon, Finance Manager, Carolyn Barrie, Administration Manager, Catherine Pound and Maida O’Keefe, Administrative Officers responsible for postgraduate affairs, and Sabina Davey Administrative Officer providing general office services.

Colin Fee, Information Technology Manager, provides IT support for the trainees.

Resources for Trainees at the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Trainees are provided with a workstation, computer, phone access, trainee email account, and stationery. They have access to a facsimile machine and photocopier. They have access not only to the libraries at Monash University, but also to Document Delivery facilities that enable materials to be obtained from other libraries nationally and internationally.

Trainees will be required to attend weekly seminars conducted by the Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine on a wide range of topics related to public health and medical research.

 

Concluding Comments

We have the people, the enthusiasm, the resources and ability to offer a curriculum second to none and to provide a friendly and supportive environment for trainees. We nonetheless aim to continually improve and refine what we do during each year and each year that follows.

 

For more information contact:

Dr Bebe Loff
Program Director
Master of International Research Bioethics Program
Monash University
Department of Epidemiology & Preventive Medicine
Central & Eastern Clinical School, Alfred Hospital
Commercial Road, Melbourne Victoria, 3004
Tel: + 61 3 9903 0587
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Email: bebe.loff@med.monash.edu.au

www.med.monash.edu.au/epidemiology