This Bioethics curriculum was developed by senior lecturers & ethics committee members from KCMUCo in collaboration with Tanzania Food and Drugs Authority (TFDA) currently known as Tanzania Medicines & Medical Devices Authority (TMDA); National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR); St. Andrew's University in the UK in consultation with Bioethics experts from Moi University School of Medicine and Legal experts from Tanzania 

The curriculum was developed under the Streamlining Ethics Review Process and Regulatory framework in Tanzania (Acronym - SMERT) project and the online training by the ASCEND poject both funded by EDCTP2 programme under HORIZON 2020, the Europen Union's Framework for Research Innovation 

Blandina MmbagaRose Mwangi



1. Course Description 

This is a week (40 hours) course in research ethics at KCMUCo and recommended for all postgraduates and other interested individuals. The course covers basic concepts in research ethics, relevant history and guidelines, use of animals in research, the role of ethics committees and other regulatory bodies, dissemination of findings, research misconduct, ethical issues in data management, and emerging ethical issues. 

2. Target audience: All postgraduate students and health researchers 

3. Aim: 

The overall goal for this course is to provide foundational knowledge to postgraduate students and other individuals with an interest in research ethics so as to equip them with theoretical, moral values and practical skills required in the conduct of research 

4. Course Objectives 

a) To explain the history of research ethics and regulations

 b) To understand the function of research ethics committees 

c) To attain ethical skills in developing and implementing research protocols 

d) To apply national and international research guidelines