Course Goals

  • Appreciate the ethical issues related to subject consent specific for omics research
  • Value the complex challenges, such as large-scale data sharing, in responsibly conducting omics research
  • Recognize the issues surrounding results obtained by omics studies that may affect a human subject’s health
  • Understand the importance of proper study design to generate and analyze omics datasets

The Responsible Conduct of Omics Research online course covers foundational RCR topics across ‘omics research fields. This course is a condensed version of the in-person MGH Responsible Conduct of Omics Research course, offered annually by the MGH Division of Clinical Research.

This course does not fulfill the general mandatory RCR training, but is meant as supplementary training.

There will be an optional one-hour interactive web session at the culmination of the course, which will provide one hour of contact time in RCR training towards NSF and NIH RCR training requirements. The interactive session with the course directors will focus on case study discussions applicable to the content of the course.

Session dates

Harvard Catalyst in-person learning is suspended due to COVID-19 precautions. Please refer to Online Learning for current offerings.

Time commitment

Online videos averaging one to two hours per week.


  • Fellows, junior faculty, and investigators.
  • An overview of the principles and challenges in the responsible conduct of research, as related to the field of omics.
  • We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


MD, PhD, DMD, PharmD, DNP, ScD, or equivalent.


Free for Harvard-affiliated institutions.

Accreditation statement

Harvard Catalyst’s Education Program offers first priority to applicants who are current Harvard students, faculty, or current employees of Harvard University, its fifteen schools, and its nineteen academic healthcare centers.

Applicants not from an institution affiliated with Harvard Catalyst are accepted for a fee when space is available. For additional details, please email course administrators.

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.


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