Research Ethics Resource Center - Human Subjects
All research projects involving human participants or data collection from humans must be approved by the HSIRB prior to implementation.
Development of Ethical Practices in Research with Human Subjects
Nationally Recognized Certification Courses in Human Research Subjects Protections
- Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI)
This course is required by WMU’s HSIRB for all research that involves human subjects. Read the relevant sections and take quizzes to obtain certification in human subjects training.
- Human Participant Protections Education for Research Teams by National Cancer Institute
A two-hour tutorial that provides information about the rights and welfare of human participants in research. Satisfies the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining Federal Funds. Certificate of completion can be printed.
Learning Ethical Practices when Involving Humans as Research Subjects
Below are links to free, online, tutorials.
- Ethics and Research in the Community by Bryn Mawr College and the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Intended for people who conduct research in community settings. Covers issues relevant to developing a research protocol, recruitment of participants, confidentiality, professionalism, and application of the protocol. Discusses how the principles of respect, beneficence and justice outlined in the Belmont Report can be incorporated into the various stages of research procedure, which makes this a good learning site. Spanish language option available too.
- Human Participation in Research by University of Montana
Intended to expose investigators and graduate students to the kinds of ethical issues and federal requirements they encounter throughout their careers and to prepare them to deal with those issues and requirements. Includes case studies and assessments of knowledge.
- Protection for Human Subjects Training Videos by HRSA and OHRP (must have Real® Media player). Three videos. Content covers the historical background of behavioral and biomedical research, the ethical principles for human subject research, the role of an Institutional Review Board, and includes case studies.
The three videos can also be obtained from WMU’s video library as well.
- Entering a Clinical Trial: Is it right for you? by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Patients and clinicians explain what clinical trials are and offer suggestions to help patients decide whether or not to enroll in a study.
Email our research compliance coordinator.