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Research Methods Information: Institutional Review Board and Research Ethics

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IRB & Research Ethics Resources

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

What is an Institutional Review Board?

"An Institutional Review Board (IRB) is a committee established to review and approve research involving human subjects. The purpose of the IRB is to ensure that all human subject research be conducted in accordance with all federal, institutional, and ethical guidelines.

Our goal is to provide all APUS community members with information, guidance, forms, and related materials needed to secure IRB approval for human subject research. The American Public University System consists of both the American Public University (APU) and the American Military University (AMU).  The Institutional Review Board was established to review, approve, require modifications to, or deny human subject research conducted under the Aegis of APUS.

If the research involves APUS faculty, staff, and/or students, this research may also need approval of the Internal Research Review Board (IRRB)."


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Research Ethics

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What is meant by research ethics?

"Research ethics is specifically interested in the analysis of ethical issues that are raised when people are involved as participants in research."



The three objectives of ethical research:

  1. To protect human participants.
  2. To ensure that research is conducted in a way that serves interests of individuals, groups and/or society as a whole.
  3. To examine specific research activities and projects for their ethical soundness, looking at issues such as the management of risk, protection of confidentiality and the process of informed consent.

Selected Books on Research Ethics in the APUS Library


Selected Journals on Research Ethics in the APUS Library