Exploring the Ethics of Health Systems Research

Exploring the Ethics of Health Systems Research

Health systems research is increasingly being funded by international donors and conducted in low and middle-income countries but little conceptual work has been done to clarify the field’s ethical dimensions. This is problematic because health systems research has distinctive features relative to clinical research that may restrict the applicability of existing ethical guidance.

This webinar will ask: What makes health systems research different from clinical research? What are the key ethical issues in externally-funded health systems research in low and middle-income countries? And do they deserve special consideration in, for example, project design and ethics review?

Watch the video of a lively moderated discussion where you can hear more about:

  • The features of health systems research and examples of what it entails in practice.
  • Distinctive ethical issues that arise during the conduct of such research.
  • Challenges faced by ethics review committees when considering health systems research projects.


  • Professor Adnan A. Hyder, MD MPH PhD, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Berman Institute of Bioethics

This webinar is organized by the Health Systems Global Thematic Working Group on Health Systems Research Ethics in collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Health Systems Program, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Future Health Systems consortium, and Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program.

To find out more about/join this group, please contact Bridget Pratt.