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Chamberlain University: Institutional Review Board

Training Requirements

The Chamberlain University IRB requires all individuals involved in the conduct of human subjects research to complete human subjects protections training and to renew this training every 5 years. Evidence of completion of this training is required with the initial submission of each study to the IRB. These requirements apply to all investigators and persons with a significant role in the research study.

Chamberlain University readily accepts training certificates provided by the Collaborative Institute Training Initiative (CITI). Students and colleagues affiliated with Chamberlain University can complete CITI courses specifically prepared for Chamberlain University at no charge. Instructions on how to access and enroll in the course are provided in a handout located under the "Human Subjects Protections Resources" tab on the left side of the screen. Once the CITI site is accessed, investigators will be asked to select either the "Biomedical Research" or "Social & Behavioral Research" course. The type of study the investigator will propose to the IRB should guide the investigator as to which course to select. (Investigators may choose, if they wish, to enroll in both courses by adding the other course after enrollment.) Investigators must successfully complete all modules within the course to earn a completion certificate.Evidence of completion of other types of training may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Courses provided from other providers may also be accepted by the IRB. Regardless of the provider of these courses, courses must cover the following areas of content:

  • History of human subjects protections
  • Ethical codes and regulations governing the protection of human subjects
  • Basic definitions of human subjects protection terminology, including human subjects, research, informed consent, assent, identifiable private information, vulnerable populations, and minimal risk
  • Evaluation of risks to human subjects and how to minimize risks
  • Procedures to obtain and ensure informed consent
  • The role and responsibilities of institutional review boards (IRBs)
  • Oversight of the conduct of human subjects research

Any questions about this requirement should be directed to the IRB at irb@chamberlain.edu

Human Subjects Protections Resources