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The Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics program was created as part of the Clinical Research Ethics Core of the South Carolina Clinical and Translational Research Institute. The program is designed to provide health professionals who are interested in clinical research ethics with sufficient background in that discipline to warrant special recognition in the form of a Certificate in Clinical Research Ethics.  Please click here for a short informational video.

The program comprises several components: a one semester, one-credit course in research ethics, ETH 750, Ethical Issues in Clinical Research (also see course schedule) and a sister course, ETH 789, Advanced Ethical Issues in Clinical Research (also see course schedule); a two semester two-credit semester interprofessional course, ETH 738, Clinical Research Ethics Seminar Series (also see course schedule); and several selectives, of which one must be chosen. All courses are available online.  The fellowship can be completed in one year or two.

The fellowship can be completed in one year or two. Those who elect to take the two-year track must complete ETH750 and ETH789 the first year and ETH738 the second year. If the selective ETH705 is selected, it must be taken in the spring of the second year. (See Table)

Fellowship protocol:  To begin the Fellowship, interested parties can apply before the drop-add date (by end-of-business Thursday before drop/add Friday) in the fall or spring semester. All Fellows must finish on time all courses in which they are enrolled..

Semester1 Year Track2 Year Track
Fall 1

ETH 750
ETH 738

ETH 750
Spring 1ETH 789
ETH 738
(ETH 705*)
ETH 789
Fall 2N/AETH 738
Spring 2


ETH 738
(ETH 705*)


 *One selective course must be completed. If ETH705 is selected, it must be taken in the Spring semester (in year 2 for the 2 Year Track)

For-credit students: Each course must be completed in the semester in which it was registered. If not completed on time, a status of “Incomplete” will be submitted to the registrars office. At the end of the following semester, the grade of incomplete will be changed to the merit grade that fits the level of work completed for the course. A grade of 3.0 (B) or better is required for certificate credit
Not-for-credit students:  Each course must be completed in the semester in which it was registered.  If not completed on time, the course must be restarted when it is available next.

Using a variety of instructional methods, these courses will give the fellow a broad and deep background in research ethics, sufficient to earn special  recognition in the form of a Certificate. The Program covers all clinical and translational research ethics competencies. Members of the MUSC family who complete the Fellowship program are offered membership in the MUSC Institute of Human Values in Health Care and the Clinical Research Ethics Consultation Service (a service of the MUH Ethics Committee).

The Faculty of the Fellowship in Clinical and Translational Research Ethics Certificate Program comprises a wide variety of health care professionals at MUSC who are dedicated to providing the best possible program.  With their expertise, the program boasts a broad spectrum of specialties for the fellows to learn from.

Health professionals who are interested in enrolling in the Fellowship Program must submit an Application to the Fellowship office. Those wishing to obtain academic credit for the courses that comprise the Fellowship must register for them through the MUSC Registrar’s Office.


Application Process

ETH 750
ETH 789
ETH 738
Core Competencies