Education and Training

Educational Session Opportunities

The University of Iowa Institutional Review Board (IRB) and Human Subjects Office (HSO) are pleased to announce a variety of training and educational opportunities for investigators, delegates and research team members.

Click on the links, or see below, for information about:

 HawkIRB Training Sessions

HawkIRB is the web-based IRB application and review system.  HawkIRB Training sessions provide basic information about technical aspects of the HawkIRB system and guidance about content for specific sections and questions in the HawkIRB application.  These sessions are for anyone preparing to submit a HawkIRB application for the first time and for those who would like guidance about completing HawkIRB forms.

These sessions are intended to teach investigators, delegates, and research team members how to prepare HawkIRB applications to facilitate the IRB review process.  There is a two-part HawkIRB Training series. Attendance at the New Project session is recommended before attending the second session on Investigator Responsibilities after IRB Approval.

View the Spring 2015 HawkIRB Training Sessions

Pre-registration is recommended, click the link to register. 

Office Hours

IRB Office Hours are for all UI faculty, staff, and student Principal Investigators, HawkIRB delegates, and research team members involved with Human Subjects research.  

Office hours will resume on Monday, January 26th.
Office Hours are scheduled for 
Mondays (2 pm-4 pm) 304 Lindquist Center, Wednesdays (2 pm-4 pm) and Thursdays (10 am- 12pm) in 101 Hardin Library.  

No appointment necessary.  First come, first served; computers are available. Objectives:

  • Answer questions about conducting human subjects research.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions about the electronic application forms in the HawkIRB system.
  • Provide suggestions and guidance about study procedures that are in compliance with federal regulations and the UI IRB policies.
  • Provide guidance and answer questions about the submission of industry-initiated and industry-sponsored research projects to Western IRB (WIRB).


Research-related topics

The IRB offers hour-long presentations on a variety of topics related to human subjects research. These presentations are designed to provide information on topics of interest to Principal Investigators, Study Coordinators, research team members, and members of the University of Iowa research community. 

View the Spring 2015 IRB Presentation Schedule. 

Pre-registration is recommendedclick the link to register. 

Presentation topic suggestions are always welcome; email ideas to:

Classroom Presentations

The IRB Education and Compliance Program staff deliver classroom presentations on a variety of research-related topics.  We consult with course instructors to create presentations that meet the needs of the students, on topics such as:

  • Requirements for course-related student projects
  • When and why IRB approval is required
  • How to ask whether IRB approval is necessary using the Human Subjects Research Determination (HSRD) form
  • What to expect from the IRB review process
  • Ethical conduct of human subjects research
  • Flexibility in the federal regulations regarding IRB review and informed consent
  • Ethical conduct of human subjects research

Contact the IRB Education and Outreach Program staff to schedule a classroom presentation.

ICON Course for Researchers

The Human Subjects Office is excited to announce the launch of a new web-based education about issues related to human subjects research at the University of Iowa. 

University of Iowa faculty, staff, students, and non-University of Iowa investigators engaged in Community-Based Research can access important information about HawkIRB- the web-based IRB application and review system, best practices for the conduct of human subjects research, and other topics of interest to investigators who conduct research involving human participants. 

This course is available via Iowa Courses Online (ICON). 

Click here for the log-in screen. 

If you would like to discuss use of this IRB ICON course as a class or group requirement, or if you have any questions or concerns about the ICON course, please contact

IRB Display and Education Materials

The Education and Outreach Program has a table top display about the Institutional Review Board (IRB) and the Human Subjects Office.  We welcome opportunities to set up this display and hand out educational materials at research-oriented events such as conferences and workshops, poster sessions, training events for new faculty, staff or students, etc.

The following handouts and flyers are available:

The schedules are available to post on bulletin boards or distribute electronically to researchers at the University of Iowa (UI) and at the Veterans Affairs Health Care System (VAHCS).  The Resource Card and Overview for Researchers handouts would be useful for anyone who is conducting research at the UI or the VAHCS; faculty, staff and student researchers.

Contact the IRB Education and Outreach Program staff regarding opportunities to set up the IRB display or distribute IRB educational materials.

E-ROC: Ethical Research Oversight Course

The Human Subjects Office announces a new education program, E-ROC: Ethical Research Oversight Course, applicable to social science and biomedical researchers. This course is designed to introduce or refresh important concepts for the research community conducting or learning about human subjects research. E-ROC addresses obligations of Institutional Review Board (IRB) members to review, approve, and monitor research involving humans.

This is a professionally narrated course, which allows users to either listen to the recording or read text presented on the screen. E-ROC uses a simulated IRB meeting with discussions of two different studies, one IRB-01 (biomedical) and one IRB-02 (social behavioral). Users may complete the course at their own pace and there is supplemental material available throughout. Up to 4.5 hours of Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits are rewarded to those who complete this course.

Click here for an overview of the course content.

If you are interested in using E-ROC please email the Human Subjects Office ( and we can provide a username and password.
The UI IRBs have an E-ROC subscription through May 2015. We encourage you to take advantage of this program before the subscription expires!