Required Education in Protecting Human Subjects
- Human subjects tutorial. IRB SDSU. First time use. Registration.
- Human subjects tutorial. IRB SDSU. Registered users.
The IRB will be more confident in approving a research application if it has evidence that the researcher possesses that basic understanding of fundamental principles and current regulations.
Agencies that fund research require investigators to demonstrate that they understand the principles and regulations related to protecting human subjects. For example, since 2000, the National Institutes of Health have required education in the protection of human research participants for all investigators and key personnel submitting applications for grants or proposals for contracts, or receiving new or non-competing awards.
At St. Norbert College, researchers, those who supervise student researchers, and student researchers will demonstrate that they possess the necessary understanding of fundamental principles and current regulations by completing the Human Subjects Tutorial prepared by the Institutional Review Board of San Diego State University.
The tutorial includes five educational modules:
- Shared Responsibilities
- Subject Involvement
- Privacy and Confidentiality
- Risks and Benefits
Users may complete one module on one occasion and return at a later time to complete another module. Users may work through a module, quiz and scenario as often as need to obtain a passing score.
Researchers, supervisors of student researchers and student researchers are required to complete the tutorial. One must earn a score of 90 percent on the assessment quizzes to receive the certificate.
Once all the modules have been successfully completed, the results of the tutorial should be sent via email to the IRB and a printed copy of the certificate of completion should be kept on file by the applicant.
Researchers and those who supervise student researchers will renew their certificate every five years.
Student researchers will renew their certificate ever two years.