While public health research is subject to the same rigorous scientific and ethical standards as other human subjects research, both the unique features and legislative mandates of public health require special treatment. The conduct of research activities is a major mission of public health professionals, as many of the usual functions performed in routine practice involve surveillance, assessment, or process improvement. It is also important to understand the overlap between public health practice and research.
This course supplements the foundational training provided in a basic Human Subjects Research (HSR) course (either Biomedical or Social-Behavioral-Educational). Organizations may also add the modules in this course to their basic HSR courses to provide learners with focused public health research training.
Language Availability: English
Suggested Audiences: Those that design or review public health research including investigators as well as IRB members and administrators
Organizational Subscription Price: Included in a base subscription
Independent Learner Price: $50 per person
Introduction to Public Health Research
Describes the roles, responsibilities, and activities of public health systems as relevant to research. Discusses characteristics of international public health systems and identifies public health services and their interrelationships with core public health functions.
Public Health Research and Public Health Practice
Examines the difference between public health practice and public health research. By discussing different types of public health activities, this module explores how and when human subjects research regulations may apply.
Informed Consent and Confidentiality in Public Health Research
Reviews regulatory requirements for obtaining informed consent in public health research. Identifies challenges and best practices for obtaining consent. Discusses the importance of protecting subject privacy and confidentiality of data, and the implications for population-based surveillance datasets.
Ethical Issues in Public Health Research
Summarizes the application of ethical principles to public health research, identifies additional ethical challenges unique to public health research, and provides a six-step framework for application to public health problems.
This course provides information on basic techniques for data and device security, including email and mobile devices.
Health Privacy (HIPAA)
This course is intended to cover the core elements of the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements.
Biomedical (Biomed) Comprehensive
This course provides an expansive review of human subjects research topics for biomedical researchers.
Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE) Comprehensive
This course provides an expansive review of human subjects research topics for social-behavioral-educational researchers.
COVID-19: Back to Campus (2020-2021)
A complimentary course to train staff, students, and faculty on COVID-19 safety for their return to campus.