Why is training in human subjects protection important?

The principles of protection of human participants in research were established in the Belmont Report in 1979. The Belmont Report, prepared by the National Commission for the Protection of Human Subjects of Biomedical and Behavioral Research, identified three principles essential to the conduct of research with humans: respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. The links below provide additional information about research studies that violated the rights of vulnerable groups of human subjects, along with federal documents concerning the protection of human subjects.

Who should take the training on human subject participation?

Any research involving humans or human tissues conducted under the auspices of Trevecca Nazarene University must be reviewed by the Trevecca Nazarene University Institutional Review Board (IRB).  Research with minimal involvement of human participants, such as surveys or questionnaires, require some procedural IRB review. Anyone whose research project requires IRB review must submit a completed certificate indicating that he or she has completed the training.

The following people may require training, depending on their research:

  • Doctoral students
  • Doctoral advisers
  • Management and Human Resources (MHR) students whose thesis research involves human subjects
  • MHR thesis advisers
  • Students conducting non-class-related research under the guidance of a faculty member
  • Researchers applying to use Trevecca Nazarene University's students, faculty, staff or administrators in their research

How can I be trained in human subject protection?

This free, web-based course presents information about the rights and welfare of human reserach participants, and describes the responsibilities of the investigator to minimize risk to them. All researchers must complete the training course. You will have the option of printing a certificate of completion at the end of the course. The certificate of completion must be printed out, signed, dated, and attached to the proposal that is submitted to the IRB.  

To access the training course, follow the steps below. If you have any questions after completing the training, contact our advisor or the IRB chair .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

STEP 1: Go to the National Institute of Health website.

STEP 2: Click on the "Registration" button to set up an account.

STEP 3: Once you have set up an account, you can work on the tutorial at your own pace. You should be able to do a section at a time, if you wish.

STEP 4: Follow the directions on the screen and proceed through the tutorial. When you complete the tutorial, be sure to print the certificate that shows you have successfully completed the tutorial. The certificate of completion must be printed out, signed, dated, and attached to the proposal that is submitted to the IRB.

Mailing address:

Institutional Review Board
Office of Academic Affairs
Trevecca Nazarene University
333 Murfreesboro Rd.
Nashville, TN  37210