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PHM 822 - Academic and Research Integrity*


Enrollment in this course is required in one of the first two semesters of your MS program.

This course includes an orientation to the MS program and MSU resources during the first week.

The course covers guidelines for research and academic integrity, focusing on issues pertinent to biomedical graduate students and scientists. Formal instruction in these issues are required by national guidelines for all graduate students at research universities.

During the course you will complete the RCR (Responsible Conduct of Research) training required by MSU. You do not need to complete the training/quizzes outside of this course.

By the end of the course, students will be able to do the following:

  • Explain policies and issues involved in academic integrity 
  • Reflect upon personal actions involved in academic integrity (such as plagiarism and proper citations) 
  • Explain animal research ethics 
  • Explain the reasons behind research integrity policies for human subject research 
  • Evaluate authorship and collaboration issues 
  • Take safety precautions to be a good lab citizen 
  • Be able to negotiate and become sensitive to conflicts of interest 
  • Evaluate between proper and improper conduct of research 
  • Reflect upon personal actions involved in responsible conduct of research

Recommended Background


Recommended Textbook

None required.


Christina DokterChristina Dokter, MS, Ph.D. has researched about academic integrity and has published about medical student research.  She belongs to the International Center for Academic Integrity and is past co-director of the Academic Integrity Community for Michigan State University.

Dokter serves as President Elect for the National Association of Local Boards of Health.  She holds a Ph.D. in Higher, Adult and Lifelong Learning/ Education Administration, a degree concerned with the quality of higher education in the United States. Her research interests include various learning contexts including  medical education, education technology, health education, leadership and organizational change.


Online Fall, Spring, & Summer




  • MS/Pharmacology & Toxicology (required)
  • MS/Integrative 
    Pharmacology (required)