Training & Education


Online Tutorial for Applicants


All applications for approval by the Andrews University Institutional Review Board (IRB) require the inclusion of certificates of completion for the National Institute of Health Training (NIH). The Principal Investigator and co-investigators listed on the IRB application are required to submit their certificates. For applications submitted by student researchers, a certificate of completion for the faculty research advisor should be included. 

Review the PHRP training resource (PDF), and then register to take your quizzes online at After reading the content in the PDF, quickly click through each screen of each section until you reach the end. This allows the program to track and record your progress through each section. After clicking through all of each section’s content, you will automatically be taken to the quiz for that section. There are four quizzes that must be taken online. The training will take an average of about two hours to complete and covers the basic ethical principles of respect for persons, beneficence, and justice that guide all research involving human subjects. More specifically, the material covers:

Ø  Codes and regulations

Ø  Respect for persons indicates “first, that individual should be treated as autonomous agents, and second, that persons with diminished autonomy are entitled to protection.”  Thus, respect for persons includes “the requirement to acknowledge autonomy and the requirement to protect those with diminished autonomy.”

Ø  Beneficence means to protect individuals from harm.  Specifically, beneficence is the obligation to “(1) do not harm and (2) maximize possible benefits and minimize possible harms.”

Ø  Justice means there should be “fairness in distribution” both of the risks and the benefits of the research.

Certificate of Completion

Once you have successfully completed the course, including the quizzes, a link will appear in the Main Menu of training site allowing access to your certificate of completion. To access your certificate, log in to the course and select the “Get Certificate” link form the Main Menu. If you do not remember your password, use the “Forget your password” link on the Registration/Login screen. This certificate may be assessed and printed at any time.

Une Formation en Français

Début 1 janvier 2013, les demandes d'approbation de la Andrews University examen institutionnel du Canada (CISR) nécessitent l'inclusion des certificats d'achèvement dans le cadre de la recherche sur l'éthique de formation. Principal et co-investigateur(s) répertoriés sur la cadre de la recherche sur l'éthique la formation à et à la fin de cette formation, vous serez capable de sécuriser votre certificat. Pour les demandes présentées par des étudiants chercheurs, un certificat d'achèvement de la faculté conseiller en matière de recherche devraient également être inclus.