This module focuses on the centrality of informed consent in health research.

The historical, philosophical and legal aspects of informed consent are outlined. Controversy surrounding informed consent procedures in vulnerable populations is highlighted, with particular reference to international health research with vulnerable populations, e.g., children and people with disabilities. In addition, learners are able apply the theory of informed consent in a practical session simulating research ethics committee review of a research protocol. Learners will develop a critical awareness of and ability to analyse and apply the elements of informed consent to specific circumstances and settings. They will be able to debate and apply the complexity of issues associated with informed consent. Learners will also be able to develop appropriate ethical strategies for enhancing informed consent processes.