Human Research Protection Program


Yale Researchers Conducting Human Research Internationally

It is important that all research with living human beings adequately protects the rights and welfare of the research participants, irrespective of whether the research is conducted in the United States or at foreign sites. In the international setting, special attention should be given to the involvement of local participants in the design and conduct of the research to ensure respect for differences in language, education, cultural and social history, and social mores, as well as compliance with local law. In addition, national policies such as the availability of national health insurance, philosophically different legal systems, and social policies distinguish international research from U.S. research and must be considered carefully by investigators and the Yale IRB when contemplating conducting and reviewing such research.

Links to useful HRPP resources for international research:

HRPP Policy 450: International Research

HRPP Guidance: International Research

HRPP Checklist: International Research

External links:

OHRP Guidance on International Research

U.S. Department of State

Other useful Yale University links:

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs

The Jackson Institute for Global Affairs is a principal driver of Yale's efforts to internationalize its teaching curriculum, to attract the most talented students and scholars to Yale from around the world, and to deepen the University's engagement abroad. Their mission is to institutionalize the teaching of global affairs throughout the University and to inspire and prepare Yale students for global citizenship and leadership.

Office of International Affairs

The Office of International Affairs supports the international activities of all schools, departments, offices, centers, and organizations at Yale; promotes Yale and its faculty to international audiences; and works to increase the visibility of Yale’s international activities around the globe. Staff in the Office of International Affairs have expertise and contacts in different world regions and may be able to provide assistance.

Yale Macmillan Center

The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale is the University's focal point for encouraging and coordinating teaching and research on international affairs, societies, and cultures around the world. It draws its strength by tapping the interests and combining the intellectual resources of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and of the professional schools. The Center seeks to make understanding the world outside the borders of the United States, and the role of the United States in the world, an integral part of liberal education and professional training at the University.

Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE)

At the Center for International and Professional Experience (CIPE), students can explore the vast array of opportunities that Yale offers, in the U.S. and abroad. CIPE advisers will assist students as they hone their academic and professional goals surrounding study, research and independent projects, career exploration, or fellowships.

Office of International Medical Student Education

Research is a critical component of the mission of Yale School of Medicine. Faculty in many departments have ongoing international research collaborations and many are willing to have students become involved in this research. Student support for research in international sites is available.

Yale Global Health Leadership Institute

As part of its ongoing commitment to engage with the international community to improve health worldwide, Yale has launched the Global Health Leadership Institute (GHLI). The GHLI, led by Elizabeth Bradley, Ph.D., develops global health leadership through innovative educational and research programs that strengthen health systems and ensure health equity and quality of care for all. GHLI supports health leaders to improve the performance of health systems through leadership development, quality improvement programs, and health systems research.