What is Human Subjects Research?
"Research" refers to a systematic investigation designed to develop or contribute to generalizable knowledge. This usually implies collection and analysis of data the researcher hopes to report in a scientific publication or at a professional meeting, but that isn't always the case. "Human subject research" is research where the investigator obtains from a living human individual (1) data through intervention or interaction with the individual; OR (2) identifiable private information.
How do I know if my research project needs to be reviewed?
ALL research involving human subjects must be reviewed by the Human Subject Review Committee before research can begin.
Are there any examples of activities that don't need to be reviewed?
The following are specifically excluded from the definition of Human Subject Research and do not need to be reviewed by this committee:
If I am just talking to people and there are no experiments or clinical trials, do I need human subjects approval?
Yes, federal regulations define human subjects research to broadly cover interactions as well as interventions with human subjects for research purposes. Surveys, interviews, questionnaires, oral history interviews, etc., are all covered by the federal regulations. Approval must be obtained prior to beginning any research.
If I have additional questions or need help completing an application to have my research reviewed by the committee, who do I contact?
If you have additional questions or need help with forms, please contact Dr. Kathryn Hahn (Kathryn.Hahn@millsaps.edu).
A complete research submission includes: