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 section What training is required to conduct Human Research 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:  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.   


The HSPO offers workshops and seminars on a variety of topics, which are scheduled based on interest. Contact the HSPO  to be placed on the waitlist if a apecific topic is not currently scheduled.  

  • CATS IRB Training 
  • 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




Learn the IRB submission process using the online Centralized Application Tracking System. Please pre-register with the HSPO (x5687).
Tue., Dec. 09,  9:30 a.m. - 11:00  a.m., room C2610  
Jan. 14, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., room C2610

CATS Help Hours 
Open lab hours to receive computer help as you work on your CATS IRB submission - no appointment necessary.Tue., Dec. 09, 11:00  a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610


Reportable New Information for Research
Thur., Dec. 18, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Limited enrollment - Pre-register with the HSPO (x5687).


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

TBD - anticipated for Spring 2015