This Course is Free

Year Published: 2014

Time to Complete: 45 min

Instructor: Tammy Scott, PhD

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Scientific Concepts and Research Design

How do you develop and implement a research protocol while maintaining the safety and confidentiality of your subjects?

Tammy Scott, PhD, Scientist, USDA Jean Mayer Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging; Assistant Professor, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy; and Assistant Professor, Psychiatry, Tufts University School of Medicine will outline the steps for formulating a study question and designing an ethical study.

Learning Objectives

  • Define a research protocol
  • Explain the difference between a protocol and a proposal
  • List the steps in planning a study
  • Identify potential issues in implementing a protocol
  • Describe the aspects of subject safety in a study
  • Explain the importance of subject confidentiality.

Content Outline

  • What is a Research Protocol
  • Aim, Hypothesis, and Background
  • Different Types of Study Design Observational
  • Study Design RCT & Interventional
  • Study Population Choice and Sample Size
  • Measurements Exposure and Outcome
  • Human Subject Protection
  • Vulnerable Populations
  • Summary Study Design and Implementation


  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free