New e-learning course covers best practices in social and behavioral research

March 16, 2017  //  FOUND IN: Updates & Resources

The National Institutes of Health recently implemented a new policy stating that NIH-funded investigators and staff should be trained in good clinical practice — or GCP.

An e-learning course offered at U-M will fulfill this requirement for clinical trial personnel, specifically those involved in social and behavioral research. There is a pilot study underway at U-M to evaluate the course in which all course takers are invited to participate.

The three-hour course, offered by the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), can be taken at a participant’s own pace. Register for the course here.

MICHR developed this course in conjunction with NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and it will eventually be available to clinical trial personnel nationwide.

The course is designed to help learners apply GCP principles in an engaging course with relevant information and examples for social and behavioral research, as well as job aids and best practices that participants will be able to implement in their everyday work. Topics covered include research protocol; recruitment and retention; informed consent communication; confidentiality and privacy; participant safety and AE reporting; quality control and assurance; and research misconduct.

Following completion of the course, participants of the pilot study will be asked to complete two surveys. Information provided in the surveys will be used to improve the course.

Please contact at or 734-763-1748 if you have questions.



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