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Clinical Research Training On-Line

Former participants of the "Introduction to the Principles and Practice of Clinical Research" and "Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Human Subjects Research" who have passed both courses, as exhibited by successful completion of a final exam, are not required to take the course to fulfill the training and education standard for principal investigators.


Objectives of the course are:

  • To be aware of the ethical issues involved in human subjects research;
  • To become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the principal investigator and the institution when conducting clinical research in the NIH intramural research program;
  • To have an understanding of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of clinical research; and
  • To become familiar with how developments in science and health are reported by the media and how to work effectively with reporters.


Topics covered in the course are:

  • Ethical Issues in Human Subjects Research;
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Investigator;
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Institution;
  • Regulatory Issues; and
  • Clinical Investigators and the Mass Media.

To access the web-based offering of this course, visit

This page last reviewed on 08/5/14

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