Intensive Global Bioethics Training Program

The Johns Hopkins Intensive Global Bioethics Training Program (GBTP) is a month-long training program offered each June. 

June 2014: Trainees visit the Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP) in Washington DC


Program flyer (download)


Program overview

The program, directed by Nancy Kass, ScD and Adnan Hyder, MD, MPH, PhD, combines intensive coursework with applied, skill-oriented learning to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in international research ethics.

Program participants are enrolled in two different non-credit week-long intensive courses Foundations of Bioethics and Introduction to Research Ethics (with options to substitute other courses). Courses are taught by Berman Institute faculty from the Johns Hopkins University’s world-renowned schools of Medicine, Public Health, Nursing, and Arts & Sciences.

In addition, participants will meet with key personnel from JHU Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) and participate in special seminars, mock IRB sessions, expert-led case discussions, student-led presentations, manuscript and grant writing tutorials, and individual or small group meetings with JHU bioethics faculty to provide mentorship and guidance related to educational, career, and research goals.

GBTP activities also include structured meetings with bioethics personnel at the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA), and the US Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP).

Program tracks

Participants may register for one of two program tracks: a Global Bioethics Scholars track or an Institutional Review Board (IRB) Practice track.

In partnership with IRBs at Johns Hopkins University, the IRB Practice track caters in different ways to the practical needs of trainees who are, or seek to become, either IRB administrators or members.

The Global Bioethics Scholars track offers the unique opportunity for an immersion in the substance and practice of academic research ethics. Trainees will receive individual mentorship on topic areas of interest and research in progress.

Program includes

  • Orientation to Johns Hopkins University resources and local region
  • Two separate week-long JHU Berman Institute Bioethics Intensive courses
  • Organized schedule of activities with either a scholarly or IRB practice focus
  • One month furnished apartment
  • One month health insurance
  • All local transportation to and from airport and Washington, DC for meetings and seminars
  • Certificate of completion

Tuition and fees

$8,500 USD (airfare, visa fees and stipend not included)

**NEW for 2018 – IRB Practice Track Scholarships (limited)**

To further support high quality and efficient IRB service in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), we are pleased to announce, in partnership with the WCG Foundation, the availability of a limited number of needs-based financial scholarships for qualified individuals who seek to participate in the GBTP IRB Practice track.  Individuals who wish to be considered for financial assistance to participate in the IRB Practice track must:

  • Reside in a low- or middle-income country (as defined by the World Bank)
  • Serve, or anticipate serving (within 3 months of training), as a member or administrator of an IRB in a LMIC
  • Be eligible for receipt of a J-1 non-immigrant US visa
  • Demonstrate financial need and capacity to satisfy GBTP curricular requirements based on complete application package

For additional information and to register

Program Contact2015-06-22 15.24.14
Joseph Ali, JD
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue, Room 208
Baltimore, MD  21205 USA
Phone: +1-410-614-5370
For self-funded applicants:
Applications from clinical/public health researchers, research ethics committee professionals, ethics scholars and others are welcomed. To allow sufficient time for visa processing and to secure housing, self-funded international applicants should apply no later than 15 January 2018.  Earlier application is strongly encouraged.
A completed registration form (PDF) and a CV/resume should be sent via email to Registration will be confirmed via email and letter.
To be considered for scholarship support under the IRB Practice track:
An initial scholarship application package must be submitted via email no later than 15 December 2017.  The scholarship application package must include:

  • A complete registration form (PDF)
  • An institutional letter of support from a supervisor, clearly indicating that the candidate serves or will soon serve (within 3 months of training) as a member or administrator of an IRB in a LMIC
  • A brief statement of interest and financial need (no more than 400 words)
  • A CV or resume

Applications for financial support under the IRB Practice track will be considered on a rolling basis; early submissions are encouraged. Finalists will be requested to complete an additional Financial Aid Determination Form to support review of financial need and identification of the amount of potential scholarship support. Notice of scholarship decisions and amounts will be communicated by early February 2018. Scholarships support is only available for the IRB Practice track at this time.