Online Course on Research Ethics Committee (REC)

Jun 01 - Jun 30, 2021

This web-based course can be taken up at one’s own free time and convenience. It provides an opportunity for new/old, busy ethics committee members and researchers who are unable to travel to learn and update their knowledge on Ethics Committees (ECs).

>  The complete duration of this course is 8 hours, but it can be completed over a period of one month
>  Upon successful completion, participant will receive a Course Completion certificate from St. John’s Research Institute

Course Objectives:
The challenges of conducting human health research are more than technical or financial — they are also moral, requiring us to conduct health research of the highest standards.

The objective of this course is to introduce basic ethical concepts useful for the ethics review of research protocols involving human participants and to link the technical aspects such as epidemiologic research designs, basic biostatistics and health research methods relevant to the scientific assessment of research protocols.

The materials presented in this course are to serve as a starting-point for a basic understanding of research ethics as well as health research designs.

We invite you to read all the modules along with the exercises and complete the entire course. In addition, for it to be of practical application in your regular work, we encourage you to:

>  Review a study protocol along with a reading of the relevant portions of this course
>  Attend REC meetings and see how the material presented here matches with the conduct of the meeting
>  Participate in REC processes and see how the material is in sync with the usual processes

And get back to us for clarifications and also to provide feedback and suggestions on ways to improve the course.


Course Schedule:

         MODULE #        

                         MODULE TITLE


            Institutional Ethics Committee Formation


              Protocol Review and Decision-making


                     Scientific Assessment


  Research Ethics Committee (REC) - Primary Responsibility  


                                 Informed Consent


                                EC - Documentation




                              Committee Registration


Who Should Attend:
This online REC course is intended to help ethics committee members, researchers, regulatory authorities, medical college faculty and others interested in healthcare and research.

Organization and Delivery:
The course will be hosted and delivered online by St John’s Medical College and Research Institute. After successful registration, all participants will be provided with a ‘username’ and ‘password’. The course can then be accessed any time using a desktop, laptop or tablet.

Registration is to be done online at the weblink given below. Payment for registration is accepted via credit/debit card or net banking using a payment gateway. It is to be paid along with the submission of the registration form and the medical council registration details (for doctors only) directly on the website. 

The course is from 1 June 2021 - 31 June 2021. Registration is now open.

For Registrations, please CLICK HERE


Course Fee:

For participants from within India: INR 2000/- plus 18% GST 
[or INR 1200/- plus 18% GST for intramural St John’s participants only]

For participants from outside India: US $ 60/- (fifty US dollars only)



For further enquiry and registration, contact

Dr. Prem K. Mony, MD
Course Director
Professor & Head
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute
Bangalore - 560034, India

Dr Kavya. R, MPH
Course Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Division of Epidemiology & Population Health
St. John’s Research Institute
Bangalore - 560034, India


Ph: (080)49467032