Training and Education


The Human Research Protection Program offers both required and optional training opportunities in a variety of formats. Required ethics and human subjects research training is offered online by CITI Program. The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI Program) is dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.

IRB policy requires all study team members listed on the health science center’s protocol application (including offsite collaborators) to complete training before conducting research involving human subjects.

Verification of completion of training is required prior to granting final approval of a new protocol.

Click the following links for instructions and guidance on how to access the CITI website, create a new user account and set up the required training modules for completion.

Instructions for CITI Training

CITI Course Selection Guidance


What CITI training do I need to take and how often must it be renewed?

Required Courses: Required For: Refresher Required:
(HSP) Human Subject Protection All research personnel engaged involved in human research Every 3 years
(GCP) Good Clinical Practices All research personnel involved in a Clinical Trial* Every 3 years
(HIPS) Health Information Privacy and Security If you are not an HSC or UTHET employee you must take both the GCP and HIPS training courses This is completed one time only

What is a Clinical Trial?

The revised common rule (45 CFR 46.102(b)) defines a Clinical Trial as: “a research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of the interventions on biomedical or behavioral health-related outcomes.

Additional training may be required by other safety committees or departments.

There are optional training and educational opportunities provided by the HRPP office that include monthly educational forums intended to bring the research community together around ethical and regulatory issues. Please contact the HRPP office for an updated calendar of events