Educational resources

IRB Human Research Training

The Pennsylvania State University requires completion of the Protection of Human Research Subjects course (initial and continuing education every 3 years) for individuals involved in the conduct or oversight of human subjects research.  Additionally, if conducting FDA-regulated research, investigators and staff at Penn State Hershey must also complete the required Good Clinical Practice course, along with the above course.   The training is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITI). 

The training can be accessed at  

The CITI Course Instructions provide the steps to enroll or to affiliate from another institution.

For more information on training requirements, access the Investigator Manual, and refer to the section ‘What training is required to conduct Human 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.

Workshops and seminars

The following workshop and seminars are repeated periodically based on interest. Contact the HSPO to be placed on the waitlist if a topic of interest is not currently available. Recurring topics include CATS IRB Training, IRB Process Overview for Researchers, Informed Consent Process for Research, Reportable New Information for Research, Research Document Management and IRB Policy for Security and Integrity of Human Research Data.

Call the HSPO, 717-531-5687, to register for a workshop.

CATS IRB training

Learn the IRB submission process using the Centralized Application Tracking System (CATS).

Tuesday, September 20, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room C2610

Tuesday, October 25, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Room C2610

Thursday, November 10, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room C2610

Thursday, December 8, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Room C2610

Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 9:30 a.m. to noon, Room C2610

Research document management

Get guidance for maintaining regulatory documents and subject records.

Monday, October 10, 1 to 3 p.m., Room C1830

Informed consent process for research

Tuesday, December 10, 1 to 2 p.m., SS206

Reportable new information

Thursday, September 15, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Room C1832