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Investigation 2-3
What's Wrong with This Picture?


Students learn to distinguish between the ethical and unethical conduct of human experiments by uncovering the circumstances under which it is ethical to conduct human experiments (trials).  The investigation begins by asking students to list principles that would assure that human experiments are done ethically.  Next, students learn about the history of the development of ethical standards for human experimentation by reading articles about human rights abuses in human experimentation, for example, the Nazi medical experiments and the Tuskegee Study.  Based on the readings, students develop a set of principles for conducting human experiments and compare their principles to the Belmont Report.  Students also learn the main elements of, and the need for, informed consent.

Investigation Preparation Checklist

Check alignment with standards.

National or State file

Review Epidemiology Background for Module 2.

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Review teacher's notes and slides:  [en espaņol:]

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    Review and copy selected ethical issue articles and
    assign one of the articles to be read by each
    student prior to the next class.

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    Copy Investigation 2-3: Epi Log Worksheet for each student.  [en espaņol:]

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    Estimated Time / Time Management

    Approximately two class periods. Time can be managed by:

    • Assigning articles to be read for homework prior to class.
    • Assigning completion of Investigation 2-3: Epi Log Worksheet for homework.
    • Having each Epi Team read the same article instead of assorted articles

    Look For Students To:

    Distinguish between ethical and unethical activities.

    Describe the ethical methods of testing hypotheses for exposures that may cause disease.