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Education in Human Research Protection Programs - IRB

Mandatory Investigator Education for Human Research Protection

Effective January 1, 2010, the USF IRB changed the requirement for human subjects training to allow for renewal every two years. This change in policy requires researchers and their staff to participate in more comprehensive training, which can be found in the IRB Education Requirements, Courses & Certificates section of this page.

Education in human research protection is required for all faculty, staff and students directly involved in the conduct of research. This includes:

  • Individuals who collect or enter data
  • Individuals who conduct study procedures (including informed consent) or interventions with human subjects
  • Individuals who use or have access to private information that can be linked to research subjects

This policy applies to all research involving the use of human participants regardless of funding or sponsorship. The policy also applies to both currently active and future research submitted to the USF IRB. All study team members must have current training in order to receive full approval from the USF IRB.

Failure to Comply

The IRB has the authority to suspend or withhold approval from any project that involves study personnel who fail to meet these education requirements.

For More Information

See the Policy on Requirements for Human Subjects Protection Education PDF or contact (813) 974-5638

IRB Educational Requirements

To meet the USF IRB educational requirement, please complete the required readings and the appropriate CITI course.

The Principal Investigator (PI) must keep his/her original Certificates of Completion on file, as well as the certificates for everyone directly involved in the conduct of the study.

Required Readings (read and review all):

CITI Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects:
This course presents a comprehensive overview of human subject protections. It has separate tracks for Biomedical or Social/Behavioral researchers. In many instances, the CITI Program courses are transferrable between institutions.

CITI Program
Instructions for CITI Program Registration Process
CITI Courses Currently Offered by DRIC (Please note, only those courses denoted with an (*) will satisfy the Human Subjects Protection Education Requirement.)

Choose the appropriate CITI course, which typically takes approximately 2-3 hours for completion. You can re-enter the site as often as you like. After you complete the course, you can look up and print your certificate in the Certificates section below. If you register through the VA or an institution other than USF, you must send a copy of your certificate to the IRB office.

Please call 813-974-5638 if you need additional information.

Veterans Administration (VA) Course #RSRCH-EES-J425
For VA employees and non-VA employees working on a VA project.

Web-Based Course - 2 hours. From a non-VA computer. Complete the course on the site on which you began. Please forward a copy of your certificate of completion to the IRB office.

Find & Print Your Certificates - Certificates are posted within two business days after completion.

Additional Resources


Annual Study Team Research Retreat: A Closer Look Into Human Subject Protections


HIPAA Education

For USF Health

HIPAA education is mandatory for USF Health faculty, staff, students, residents, and fellows who are in the USF Covered Health Care Component.

If you are required to complete HIPAA education for USF Health, you must go to their Web Site to complete it: USF Health HIPAA Education.

If you have any questions or problems with the USF Health HIPAA training, please contact their Helpdesk at (813) 974-6288.

Note: The USF Health HIPAA course does not meet the USF IRB requirement for education in human subject protections.

For All Others

If you are not within USF Health, we recommend that you complete this Research Integrity & Compliance Web-based course: HIPAA in Research: An Introduction.

Note: This HIPAA course does not meet the USF IRB requirement for education in human subject protections.

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