Ethics and Data Integrity for Non-Technical Staff

Course Summary

1. Title: Ethics and Data Integrity for
Non-Technical Staff

2. Keywords/Themes: Chain of Custody, Confidentiality,
Data, Data Integrity, Ethics, Ethics Policy, Fraud, Golden Rule, Integrity,
Prosecution, SOP, SPHL

Course Description:

This online course introduces the concepts of ethics and integrity, defines the difference between the two and illustrates how these traits apply to non-technical staff in a public health laboratory. Examples of general workplace ethics are used throughout the course, from arriving on time to using the Internet for non-work activities. the term, "data integrity" is introduced and its relationship to fraud is given, including Information Technology and Public Relations. The responsibilities of management and staff in maintaining data integrity and preventing fraud are presented in an interactive format. The importance of documentation, and its use as protection against the appearance of fraud, is stressed in this course. A brief overview of chain-of-custody protocols is also provided. 

4. Intended Audience: staff
in public health and other laboratories whose responsibilities lie outside of
the (testing) laboratory area. This includes those in positions such as
security, records, data entry, client services, supply services, Information
Technlogy, QA, etc. Basic workplace ethics and personal integrity are important
traits that warrant a comprehensive explanation and the occasional reminder.
Data integrity, if not fully understood and maintained, can lead to the
appearance of fraud or even to fraud itself, putting careers at risk.

5. Learning Objectives:

After completing this course, the participant
will be able to:

• Define the terms commonly
associated with ethics, data integrity and chain of custody.

• Recognize staff's responsibility
to conduct themselves ethically in all facets of their workday.

• Describe role of staff in
maintaining data integrity and chain of custody.

• Recognize the dangers and
consequences of fraud and how to prevent it.

• State the responsibilities
of management and staff in preventing fraud.

• List the steps and
documentation necessary to maintain chain of custody.

• Discuss the importance of
documentation in preventing fraud or the appearance of fraud.

6. Pre-requisites/Learning Level: No pre-requisites

7. Competencies addressed: Leadership and Systems Thinking Skills, Communication Skills, Financial Planning and Management Skills

8. CEUs Offered: None

9. Cost: Free

10. Modality/format: Online Self-Pace

11. Length:  hour

12. Presenter(s) and/or Content
Experts: Marcia Valbracht BS, MHA,

13. Technical requirements:

  • Adobe Acrobat Reader 
  • Flash Player 
  • Speakers

14. Registration requirements: Register a free account

15. Creation and/or update: December 31, 2014