Training Program Title

Best Practices for Social and Behavioral Research

CTSA Hub Administered


Training Program Description

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording and reporting clinical trials. The principles of GCP help assure the safety, integrity, and quality of clinical trials. Investigators and clinical trial staff who are competent in GCP principles will be better able to assure that the rights, safety and well-being of human subjects are protected; that clinical trials are conducted in accordance with approved plans and with rigor and integrity, and that data derived from clinical trials are reliable. In 2014 NCATS recognized a critical need for training in applying GCP to social and behavioral research. The Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices course was developed to fill this need and provide GCP training that is relevant for social and behavioral research study team members. The eLearning course includes nine video modules developed to run in a learning management system (LMS) managed at an institution.

Competency Keywords

Social and behavioral research, Best practice, GCP (Good Clinical Practice), Regulatory guidelines

Digital Commons Disciplines

Medical Education



Cost to Access


Competency Domains

Scientific Concepts and Research Design; Ethical and Participant Safety Considerations; Clinical Trials Operations; Study and Site Management; Communication and Teamwork

Learning Objectives

    1. Define GCP
    2. List the goals of GCP
    3. Explain how GCP relates to the regulation of clinical trials in social and behavioral research

Delivery Method


Target Learners

Principal Investigators; Clinical Research Professionals (other than PI); Undergraduate, graduate or professional degree students; Community Partners

Learning Level





On demand

Time Needed

4 hours

Associated Assessment


Assessment Methods

Overall satisfaction, Learning outcomes