Institutional Review Board

Research Training and Certification

As many of you know, all research involving human subjects must be approved by the University’s Institutional Review Board (IRB). Researchers are also required to complete an online human subjects research course. In the past, we used the course supplied by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). However, that course has been discontinued by NIH. 

In light of this change, the University has arranged for all faculty, staff, and students to have access to the CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) course. All researchers (faculty, graduate, or undergraduate) applying to the IRB must be certified by either CITI or NIH (from within the last 3 years). There are four independent modules for faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and biomedical researchers.

 About the course:

 “The SBE Basic course provides an introduction to social-behavioral-educational research with a focus on the protection of human subjects. It offers historic and current information on regulatory and ethical issues important to the conduct of research involving human subjects. Case studies are used within the modules to present key concepts.”

 To register please go to:

 and click the “register” tab at the top of the page. From there you will be prompted to entire your institutional affiliation (Saint Peter’s University). You must register using your Saint Peter’s email address. You will also be prompted for some additional information (name, address, username, etc.). After you are registered with a username and password, you are set to take the course and complete the certification process.

If you have already completed the NIH training:

This training can be accessed at Upon completion of the tutorial, print the completion certificate and attach a copy of it to your IRB application.