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The Institutional Review Board (IRB) — Human Subjects ensures that the rights and welfare of participants in research projects are protected and that the risks to participants are reasonable in relation to the benefits.

All members of the University community conducting research with human subjects must complete a review and approval by the St. Mary’s University Institutional Review Board. For more information on the IRB process and federal guidelines for research, current students, faculty and employees can visit the IRB page found in Gateway.

Human Subject Certification

All primary researchers must have a current certification of completion of Human Subjects Research training from the NIH Office of Extramural Research to participate in research involving human subjects. Certifications are valid for three years from the date of completion shown on the NIH Certificate of Completion. Researchers must submit copies of their certificate of completion with the IRB Proposal Review Application.

When you click the link below for the Protecting Human Research Participants Course, you will be directed to create a user account with the NIH Office of Extramural Research before enrolling in the course. Your individualized user account will allow you to pause the course before completion without losing the record of what has been completed. A quiz will be given at the end of each of four sections. You may complete the course offline using a full-text PDF document and take the quizzes online (see course site for information). Once you have successfully completed the course, including the quizzes, a link will appear on the Main Menu allowing access to the Certificate of Completion. The Certificate may be accessed and printed at any time. To attach the certificate to the IRB electronic submission forms, it is best to save it as PDF.

Protecting Human Research Participants Course


Dan Ratliff, Ph.D.
Institutional Review Board Chair
Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy
Counselor Education and Family Life Center, Room 204
210-438-6400, Ext. 6407

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