examples of Human Subjects Research

Regulatory requirements to protect human subjects apply to a much broader range of research than many investigators realize. In addition to covering traditional biomedical studies, they also apply to research that uses…

  • Human beings to test devices, products, or materials that have been developed through research.

  • Data collected through intervention or interaction with individuals. Intervention includes not only physical procedures but also manipulation of a subject's environment and some observations.

  • Private information that can be readily identified with individuals, even if the information was not collected specifically for the study in question. Examples include student records and medical records.

  • Bodily materials such as cells, blood or urine, tissues, organs, hair, and nail clippings, even if the researcher did not collect these materials (such research may be considered exempt if materials are not personally identifiable and if the materials were collected prior to the initiation of the research project).

  • Studies conducted to gain generalizable knowledge about categories or classes of subjects, such as Meharry employees, students, and/or patients. This includes a doctoral dissertation and a master's thesis.

  • Human beings to evaluate environmental alterations.

If you have questions about whether your planned studies constitute human subjects research, please contact the Human Protections Administrator, Shannon Roberson in the Office for Research IRB Office, WBS, Room 2215 on ext 6735.