Educational Resources

Training Requirements for Human Research       

Investigators and study team members for human research at Penn State Hershey are required to complete the applicable online course(s) below, and to meet the renewal requirement every 3 years.  For more information about the educational requirements see the What training is required to conduct Human Research section in the Investigator Manual, available in the CATS IRB Library on the General tab.   The  CITI Course Instructions provide the steps to access these courses. 

  • Protection of Human Research Subjects - the basic IRB requirement for all key personnel
  • Good Clinical Practice and ICH additional requirement for key personnel on FDA-regulated research

Research consultations:  Individuals may contact the HSPO to schedule a meeting to discuss a research submission and IRB requirements.

Educational presentations:  Speakers are available to provide presentations on human subjects protection topics to departments, groups and community organizations, and may be requested by contacting the HSPO.  

Workshops and seminars:  Upcoming events are listed below.  Continuing education credits are provided for eligible educational activities.    


The HSPO offers workshops to learn the CATS IRB submission system, drop in CATS IRB help hours, and other workshops/seminars on the topics listed below.  These activities are scheduled based on interest.  Please contact the HSPO  to be placed on a waitlist if the topic you are interested in is not currently scheduled.  

  • CATS IRB Activities
    CATS IRB Help Hours 
    - CATS IRB Training Workshop 
  • Other workshops/seminars
    - IRB Process Overview for Researchers
    - Informed Consent Process for Research
    - Reportable New Information for Research
    - Research Document Management  
    - IRB Policy for Security and Integrity of Human Research Data





Open lab hours to receive computer help as you work on your CATS IRB submission, or complete the conversion steps for a PRAMS study that converted to CATS.  
Computers are available on a first come first served basis.  
No appointment is necessary.

Wed., Oct. 15, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610

Thur., Nov.13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610

Tue., Dec. 09, 11:00 - a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610



Hands-on workshops to learn about the IRB submission process using CATS IRB, the online Centralized Application Tracking System.   
Pre-registration with the HSPO   is required for this workshop. 

Thur., Oct. 16, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., room H318, ground floor Radiology area

Thur., Nov.13, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., room C2610

Tue., Dec. 09, 9:30 - a.m. - 11:00 p.m., room C2610 





Reportable New Information for Research

Thur., Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Research Document Management: Guidance for Maintaining Regulatory Documents and Subject Records 

Thur., Oct., 16, 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


Security and Integrity for Research Data

Tue., Nov.18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. , room C7619, ,





Contact the HSPO    to be placed on the waitlist for a workshop not currently available.