Broader Ethical Considerations for Hazards and Disaster Researchers

This Training Module focuses on the broader ethical considerations for conducting research in a disaster setting.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This module will not cover the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or the Common Rule in detail. Before starting this module, it is highly recommended that you first complete the CONVERGE Institutional Review Board (IRB) Procedures and Extreme Events Research Training Module.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

Lesson 1: Background

  1. Define research ethics in the context of disaster research. 
  2. Explain how disaster research ethics includes not only designing the study for IRB review but also recognizing and addressing ethical challenges as they arise throughout the research process.

Lesson 2: Ethical Considerations for Designing a Study in a Disaster Setting 

  1. Describe how ethical concerns infuse the entire research lifecycle from the research questions to the sharing of data and results. 
  2. List six aspects of study design for which ethical decision-making and action is applicable.

Lesson 3: Broader Ethical Considerations and Challenges in Disaster Research

  1. Identify six broader ethical considerations and challenges that can occur in the context of disaster research. 

Lesson 4: Strategies for Conducting Ethically Sound Disaster Research

  1. Describe nine strategies that can be employed to address broader ethical challenges in disaster research. 
  2. Apply a more robust set of guiding ethical principles and an ethical toolkit to help inform ethical decision-making and action.


At the close of the module, you will have the opportunity to take a 10-question quiz. If you get 8 out of 10 questions correct, you will receive a certificate of completion for the CONVERGE Broader Ethical Considerations for Hazards and Disaster Researchers Training Module.

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