About HSRT

About Human Subjects Research Training (HSRT):

HSRT offers foundational training on the United States federal regulations for the protection of human subjects in research.  This training includes the Belmont Report principles, which frame the federal  revised Common Rule, and associated laws, policies, and guidance.  HSRT was created by the Learn eCORE Founders who have extensive experience in human subjects research, and authored the popular former NIH course on this topic.  The HSRT course was independently vetted by experts in regulatory compliance and IRB certification processes. Completion of HSRT satisfies the educational requirements of federal funders and for IRB certification.

HSRT is organized into five (5) modules. The first two provide context while the other three use the Belmont Report principles to delve into more detail:
1) History of human subjects’ protection
2) The associated regulations, and the Belmont Report principles
3) Respect for persons
4) Beneficence
5) Justice

HSRT reinforces learning through interactive exercises and realistic case studies, primarily drawn from biomedical human subjects research.  Those involved primarily in social, behavioral, and educational research (SBER) and who need human subjects research training, for IRB certification and other reasons, should consider taking the HSRT SBER course, which is geared towards this type of human subjects research.

Who is it for?

Who is it for?

HSRT was developed to meet the training needs of a breadth of professionals involved in clinical human subjects research, including:

  • Those involved in the design and conduct of research like investigators, sponsors, research team leaders and members, clinical research associates, faculty, pre-and post-doctoral fellows, and students

  • Those involved in research oversight and administrations like: IRB and other ethics board administrators, IRB members, and others involved in IRB certification of research, research compliance staff, and study monitors

  • Those who teach about human subjects research compliance or research ethics as defined by the Belmont Report principles and their students.  Learn eCORE also offers a companion Faculty Guide for HSRT as an aid for those using the course in teaching.

Key Features and Benefits of HSRT

Key Features and Benefits of HSRT

  • HSRT was developed by the experienced Learn eCORE Founders and was independently vetted by experts in human subjects research and IRB Certification processes.
  • The content is accurate, up-to-date, and relevant to clinical human subjects research.
  • Each training module has clear learning objectives.
  • The presentation of  key historical events in human subjects protection provides a clear context for the training.
  • The course framework is built on the Belmont Report Principles  to promote the understanding of complex regulatory requirements
  • Includes 15 realistic case studies so learners can practice applying the Belmont Report principles and associated regulations in common research scenarios such as participant  recruitment and IRB certification procedures.
  • Available in  English, Spanish, and French.

  • Take the course at your pace
  • Offers a personalized and dated certificate of completion

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Beginning March 1, 2024, Learn eCORE will no longer be selling its products direct to consumers online. Instead, Learn eCORE will be offering annual licenses to group customers who want to use its courses on their learning management systems (LMSs), providing a seamless integration with other organizational training programs.

The Learn eCORE LMS will remain available to all current and past customers until Feb. 28, 2025. Prior to this date, customers are advised to download and retain a copy of course completion certificates from the LMS for their records.

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