Ethical Research Oversight Course (EROC)

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The Ethical Research Oversight Course (EROC) is an engaging, interactive online course that equips IRB members and HRPP/IRB staff for their roles through demonstration of the ethical principles and regulatory frameworks that govern their day-to-day work. The course explores fundamental concepts in human subjects protections, including:

  • Historical events and seminal cases in human research ethics
  • The Belmont principles
  • Definition of human subjects research
  • Exempt and expedited research
  • Assessment and minimization of risk
  • Subject selection and recruitment
  • Informed consent
  • Data and safety monitoring
  • Privacy and confidentiality protections
  • IRB meeting dynamics

Throughout the course, learners will observe a simulated IRB’s deliberations as they review two studies (one biomedical and one behavioral) and demonstrate how key ethical principles are applied in the IRB protocol review process.