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The IRB Office offers introductory and advanced educational resources to support the Northwestern University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) community. HRPP community members are encouraged to utilize the Navigating Human Research Ethics & Regulatory Review course in myHR Learn, access past IRB Brown Bag session slide decks, and attend upcoming IRB Brown Bag sessions to support their human research protections and IRB education needs. 

Navigating Human Research & Regulatory Review (MyHR Learn course) 

Navigating Human Research Ethics & Regulatory Review with the Institutional Review Board Office is a comprehensive educational tool that can be accessed through MyHR Learn and is designed to meet the varying needs of Northwestern University’s human research community members. This course offers an overview of the most salient topics in human research protections along with tips on conducting that work in the context of Northwestern University and is designed to support classroom learning on ethics and human research as well as specialized training for study coordinators and research team members. 

Registration and Important Information 

Anyone with a Northwestern NetID can access and complete any combination of course modules to meet their unique needs. Note: this is an optional course, and completion does not satisfy the Northwestern University human research protections training requirement

To register, log into MyHR Learn and search “Navigating Human Research Ethics & Regulatory Review with the Institutional Review Board Office”; then, select Launch. 

Course Modules List

  1. Introduction 
  2. Human Research Foundations 
  3. Key Concepts  
  4. Understanding Review & Approval  
  5. Vulnerable Populations  
  6. Informed Consent  
  7. HIPAA & Biomedical Research  
  8. Northwestern Human Research Timeline 
  9. Compliance & Education  
  10. Reliance  
  11. Resources  

Quiz questions throughout the course are designed solely to inform IRB Office educational programming, and results will not be utilized for any other purpose or shared with individuals outside the office. 

A certificate may be issued upon full completion of this course. Those utilizing this course as an instructional tool are free to accept the certificate as it meets their needs.  

Select here to access this course in myHR Learn


Join an IRB Brown Bag Session 

The Northwestern IRB Office hosts monthly Brown Bag sessions on timely and relevant topics in the world of human research protections, and registration is open to the Northwestern HRPP community.

Special Event Training Request 

The IRB Office welcomes opportunities to partner with the Northwestern University HRPP community in human research protections education. IRB Office staff are available for special events, including live training presentations, where IRB Office staff presence is critical. Special event training requests should be made at least five working weeks (i.e., excluding university breaks) in advance of the requested date and describe the unique nature of the event and/or audience.