Institutional Review Board (IRB)


This site contains information about the UAH Institutional Review Board, as well as its policies and application procedures.


All research involving human subjects must be approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB). The Federal Government establishes special regulations (Title 45 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Part 46) to assure the safety of all human subjects involved in research. UAH and its IRB maintain a strong commitment to treating human subjects ethically and to following all Federal Regulations. IRB approval constitutes assurance that research involving human subjects meets these Regulations and is designed to treat participants fairly and ethically.


Since UAH does not have a medical school, the majority of our IRB applications come from human sciences (psychology and sociology), human factors engineering, and nursing. A smaller number of applications come from biotechnology, engineering, administrative science, communication arts, and political science.


If you are uncertain whether your research requires IRB review, a flow chart is available under “Do I Need Approval.


If you determine that you do need approval or exemption, guidance on application procedures and which forms to use can be found under “How Do I Apply” and “Forms.” For further guidance on informed consent and the required elements of a consent form, see "On Informed Consent.


If you have questions about how to complete any of the application materials, please email them to Dr. William Wilkerson, IRB Chair, at or call him at 256.824.2339. Please include the phrase <Application Question> in your subject line.