IRB & Training Issues


Before running a single subject, you must obtain ethical approval for your study from the IRB. You should apply for REP points at the start of the semester even though you are waiting for IRB approval of your study. Indicated PENDING in the field where you will later provide your IRB number. However, you will not be able to recruit from the REP pool before receiving IRB approval. You need to maintain records and follow all IRB requirements. 

More about the IRB, the Institutional Review Board.


HIPAA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 and requires researchers to implement processes with respect to protected health information as well as inform individuals about how we protect their information. Every student, faculty member, researcher, and staff person must complete HIPAA training. 

More about HIPAA Privacy and Data Security Training

There are five modules that people need to complete:

  • Intro to HIPPA Privacy and Security
  • Privacy and confidentiality in research
  • Data security in your job
  • Securing your computer workstation
  • Using University Data

Human Subjects Protection The IRB requires instruction in human subjects protections for all investigators and research personnel before they will give approval for research. This is different from HIPAA training (which is done by the AHC).

CITI training is IRB mandated. Researchers need to complete two modules after which they can print their results.

  • Social and Behavioral Responsible Conduct of Research.
  • Social/Behavioral or Humanist Research Investigators and Key Personnel.

Master Enrollment Log—this is what should be used to track participants.

Experimenter Signature Page—this is for new researchers