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Clinical Research Training On-Line


Objectives of the course are:

  • To be aware of the ethical issues involved in human subjects research;
  • To become familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the principal investigator and the institution when conducting clinical research in the NIH intramural research program;
  • To have an understanding of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) oversight of clinical research; and
  • To become familiar with how developments in science and health are reported by the media and how to work effectively with reporters.


Topics covered in the course are:

  • Ethical Issues in Human Subjects Research;
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Investigator;
  • Roles and Responsibilities of the Institution;
  • Regulatory Issues; and
  • Clinical Investigators and the Mass Media.

To access the web-based offering of this course, visit

This page last reviewed on 01/20/15

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