Human Research Protections Program Office

HRPPO Contact

Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
4301 Jones Bridge Road
Room A2051
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: (301) 295-9534


Human Research Protections Program Office

Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Main Office Phone Number: 301-295-3303 

The HRPPO is responsible for the implementation of the terms of the DOD Assurance for the Protection of Human Research Subjects and serves as the custodian of the DHHS Federal Wide Assurance (FWA) at USU. HRPPO is operationally within the Office of Regulatory Compliance under the Office of the Vice President of Research (VPR).

HRPPO Mission

The Human Research Protections Program Office supports the USU research community conduct human subjects research in accordance with applicable regulatory and ethical standards. The HRPPO operational processes are primarily dedicated, but not limited, to the administrative support and related activities of the USU IRB.


The HRPPO provides the following services:

  1. Provide training, information and implementation of ethical principles, guidance, instructions and regulations concerning the protection of humans as participants in research studies conducted by USU faculty, staff and students.
  2. Provide administrative support for the USU IRB.
  3. Review and/or concur with submissions pertaining to non-human subjects research determinations and research determined to be exempt from IRB requirements by the Exempt Determination Official (EDO).
  4. Conduct both internal and external inspections or audits of human research activities for protocols approved by the IRB.