Loyola University Maryland

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

Human Subjects Education

Any faculty member or other Loyola employee conducting independent research or overseeing student-conducted research and any student working on independent research, a dissertation or thesis that involves research with human subjects is required to complete a free, online education program prior to the review of his or her application for approval of investigation involving human subjects. This requirement pertains to all investigators including those in departments that do not typically conduct research involving human subjects.

If the application is for a classroom project, the faculty member who assigned the project is responsible for both completing the online program and acquainting students with the human subjects education information. The faculty member is also responsible for ensuring that classroom-based projects are conducted in accordance with the policies and procedures for research involving human participants.

The education program is the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Protecting Human Research Participants. Each of the seven sections (introduction, history, codes and regulations, respect for persons, beneficence, justice, and conclusion) of the training consists of 3-20+ slides, with quizzes at the end of four of the sections. To receive certification, all of the quizzes must be successfully completed. It takes approximately 1-2 hours to complete and upon successful completion of the course a certificate is awarded electronically (as a saveable PDF file). 

A copy of this certificate will need to be submitted either directly to ORSP or with the next submitted Institutional Review Board application. At that point, ORSP will maintain a database indicating investigators who have received certificates.  Further submission of a copy of the certificate with subsequent applications will not be required unless updated information is released through NIH's education program.

For questions concerning required human subjects education, please view the Frequently Asked Questions page or contact:

Jill Hanson
Assistant Director, Office of Research & Sponsored Programs
Beatty Hall, Suite 116C
Tel: 410-617-2188
Email: irb@loyola.edu