The Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Before any study is started, the people involved must develop a plan for the research. The plan and a consent form are reviewed by the Institutional Review Board (IRB). The IRB is responsible for ensuring the safety of people enrolled in research studies. This board reviews the study and decides if the study is being carried out in the best way to lessen risks and benefit patients.
The web address for the IRB at IUPUI is: http://researchadmin.iu.edu/HumanSubjects/IUPUI/hs_home.html
In the MPH Program, all studies conducted by students are required to have approval from the IRB. Read the information below from the website, and then go to the website for a complete review of the IRB.
According to the IRB website, in order to get started on Human Subjects studies, researchers need to consider two important questions.
These questions are presented below:
Does your study require IRB review?
- The question of whether you need to submit is best answered by reviewing a checklist that has been constructed by the Research Compliance Administration. The checklist asks basic questions that help guide you in whether the IRB needs to review your activity. However, in our MPH Program, all studies are required to go through the IRB office even if you think they are non-research related studies. The check list will help you decide if your study is a student non-research study, an exempt study, or an expedited study.
Is it research?
- Does your activity involve Human Subjects?
- Does your activity involve deceased individuals?
- Does your research involve the FDA?
- Is it a student project involving risk to human subjects?
Have you fulfilled the investigator requirements?
Principal Investigators and Co-investigators must complete three required tasks.
- Complete the Research-Related Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form
- Provide agreements to participate in research
- Complete the required Human Subjects Protection Certification Test