Educational Resources

Basic Education Requirements for Human Subject Research       

Key personnel for human research at Penn State Hershey are required to complete the applicable online course(s) below, and to meet the course continuing education renewal requirement every 3 years.  The  CITI Course Instructions provide the link and steps to access the courses.

  • Protection of Human Research Subjects - the basic IRB requirement for all key personnel
  • Good Clinical Practice and ICH additional requirement for key personnel on FDA-regulated research

Research consultations:  Individuals may 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:  Upcoming events are listed below.  Continuing education credits are provided for eligible educational activities.    


The HSPO offers workshops to learn the CATS IRB submission system, drop in CATS IRB help hours, and other workshops/seminars on the topics listed below.  These activities are scheduled based on interest.  Please contact the HSPO  to be placed on a waitlist if the topic you are interested in is not currently scheduled.  

  • CATS IRB Activities
    CATS IRB Help Hours 
    - CATS IRB Training Workshop 
  • Other workshops/seminars
    - IRB Process Overview for Researchers
    - Informed Consent Process for Research
    - Reportable New Information for Research
    - Research Document Management  
    - Protocol and Data Monitoring Plans
    - IRB Policy for Security and Integrity of Human Research Data




Open lab hours to receive computer help as you work on your CATS IRB submission, or complete the conversion steps for a PRAMS study that converted to CATS.  
Computers are available on a first come first served basis.  
No appointment is necessary.

Thur., April 10, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610

Thur., April 17, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610

Tue., April 22, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610

Wed. April 30, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., room C2610





Hands-on workshops to learn about the IRB submission process using CATS IRB, the online Centralized Application Tracking System.   
Pre-registration with the HSPO   is required for this workshop. 

Tue.., April 22, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Location C2610 



Research Document Management: Guidance for Maintaining Regulatory Documents and Subject Records 

This workshop will be scheduled in the Fall 2014, or earlier if several individuals request the waitlist. 




Contact the HSPO    to be placed on the waitlist for a workshop not currently available.