Human Studies Program
2425 Campus Road, Sinclair 10
Honolulu, HI 96822

Phone: (808) 956-5007
Fax: (808) 956-9150


Human Studies Program Pandemic Response 2023

The UH IRB continuously monitors the presence of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in the community. To protect participants who volunteer for research, the current IRB impact level for in-person research remains at ORANGE. However, the types of studies that may occur with in-person interaction have been expanded on a case by case basis with a current and approved Safety Plan and Consent Form Addendum in place. Click the link below for more information.

Click here for COVID-19 guidance and required forms


The Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is an institutional-wide program administered by the UH Human Studies Program (HSP) under the Office of Research Compliance. The HSP works together with the UH research community to ensure the health, welfare, rights, and dignity of people who participate in UH research. The HSP provides guidance and administrative support to its three UH Institutional Review Boards.

UH Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

As part of the HRPP, the primary goal of the UH IRBs is to protect the rights and welfare of individuals recruited to participate in research activities conducted under the auspices of the University of Hawai‘i.

Researcher Responsibilities

As a UH investigator or research staff working on a human research study, you are expected to follow the federal, state, and university policies regarding the protection of research participants. The Investigator’s Handbook will help guide you through the policies and procedures related to the ethical conduct of human research.

HSP Program Information

The UH HRPP is accredited by the Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs (AAHRPP).

Grant Application Information:

The UH HRPP has filed an Assurance with the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Human Research Protections (OHRP). Assurance number FWA3526. Expiration date: December 1, 2026.