Using Team-Based Learning to Teach Human Subjects Research Ethics

  • Chrystal L. LewisEmail author
  • Julie M. Estis
Short Communication



For health sciences students, understanding human subjects research ethics is essential for providing equitable healthcare. Active learning approaches were needed to engage students with the content and support transfer of knowledge to clinical practice.


A team-based learning (TBL) module was developed and implemented in an evidence-based practice undergraduate nursing course across 3 semesters with 169 students to promote understanding and application of research ethics principles.

Results and Discussion

Thematic analysis of student reflections showed five themes: change in attitude, learning/understanding, application of ethical principles, specific terminology, and specific examples. Faculty facilitators reported increased engagement, understanding, and application.


Ethics research Team-based learning Nursing education Medical education 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

The study was approved by the IRB as exempt.

Informed Consent



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of South AlabamaMobileUSA

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