Master of Health Research Ethics Program (MOHRE) at the University of Malaya

With funding from the Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (5R25TW010891), the Berman Institute has collaborated with the University of Malaya to establish a Master of Research Ethics Studies (MOHRE) program at the University of Malaya (UM). The first of its kind in Malaysia, the program leverages the collective strengths of the Berman Institute and UM program faculty who are national and international experts in bioethics, medicine, public health, law, science and education. The program aims to create a regional hub for research ethics training and capacity development that is sensitive to the diverse cultural, religious and political contexts of Malaysia and Southeast Asia. This program is designed to produce a model curriculum for the region that is led and sustained by local faculty.

Visit the MOHRE Program page on the University of Malaya website.

Initial MOHRE Student Cohort

Group of MORES students sitting on stairs of their campus

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Related Berman Institute Programs

Intensive Global Bioethics Training Program

A month-long training program offered each June, the Johns Hopkins Global Bioethics Training Program (GBTP) combines intensive coursework with applied, skill-oriented learning to enhance participants’ knowledge and skills in international research ethics.

The next session will take place June 1-30, 2021. Download the Program flyer here.

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

Though not required to do so, 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.


  • 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

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

Program Contact
Joseph Ali, JD
Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics
1809 Ashland Avenue, Room 208
Baltimore, MD  21205 USA
Phone: +1-410-614-5370
Email:[email protected]

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, international applicants should apply no later than 15 February.  Earlier application is strongly encouraged.

completed registration form (PDF) and a CV/resume should be sent via email to [email protected]. Registration will be confirmed via email and letter.


Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program

The major objective of the Fogarty African Bioethics Training Program is to establish and support collaborative training partnerships with institutions in sub-Saharan Africa to support the development of institutional capacity in research ethics and bioethics.

The institutional partnership provides a combination of individual-level training and mentorship in bioethics for professionals from partner institutions – with training occurring both at Johns Hopkins University and at partner African institutions – and strategic planning to enhance the quality and efficiency of research ethics systems at partner institutions. Thus, the goal is to collaboratively facilitate the pursuit of institutional bioethics objectives to improve local capacity and sustain bioethics initiatives that are identified to be of critical importance in Africa.

For more information, visit the Fogarty Program’s website, or contact Berman Institute faculty member Joe Ali.

Affiliated Faculty

Joseph Ali, JD
Associate Director for Global Programs; Associate Professor
Jeremy Sugarman, MD, MPH, MA
Deputy Director for Medicine; Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Bioethics and Medicine