IRB Health Literacy in Clinical Research

Human Research Protection Programs (HRPPs) and Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) can play an important role in supporting research study participants by applying health literacy best practices to their reviews of participant-facing materials.

The purpose of the training is to introduce the concept of health literacy and how it applies to the review and approval of clinical research. Trainees will also have the opportunity to put what they learn into action through the completion of application exercises.

This training is designed to be self-guided. Individuals can take this training and earn a Certificate of Completion. After completing the training, there is also an option for someone at your organization to facilitate a team discussion about this content using the PDF icon Facilitator's Guide.

Additional information about Health Literacy in Clinical Research can be found here:

A health literacy checklist for IRB reviewers can be found here:

To access the modules, please follow these instructions: PDF icon Health Literacy_Enrollment Instructions.pdf

For any questions, please contact: Sylvia Baedorf Kassis (

Additional Information

Provided by: 

Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center of Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard


Hosted by Mass General Brigham

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