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To conduct research with human participants at CMU, Sponsored Programs requires that all researchers be certified via the CITI program. The CITI Program provides research ethics education to all members of the research community.

The CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) courses were written and peer-reviewed by experts and are comprised of modules that include detailed content, images, supplemental materials (such as, case studies), and a quiz. Learners may complete the modules at their own pace. Each module varies in length, and learners may require different amounts of time to complete the module based on their familiarity and knowledge of the topic. In general, CITI designed each module to take approximately 20 – 30 minutes to complete.

The Human Subjects CITI Online training consists of two disciplinary categories:

Social / Behavioral Research Course (ID: 10089).

  • The SBE Basic course is an introduction to social-behavioral-educational research with a focus on the protection of human subjects. It offers historic and current information on regulatory and ethical issues important to the conduct of research involving human subjects.
  • Persons interested in conducting studies on sociological, psychological, anthropological or educational phenomena, including observational and survey research, and work with population and/or epidemiological studies, should complete this course.

    Required CITI Core Modules – 9

Biomedical Research (ID: 10088).

  • This course is an introduction to the protection of human subjects in biomedical research. It offers historic and current information on regulatory and ethical issues important to the conduct of research involving human subjects.
  • Completion of this course is required for medical, physiological or pharmacological studies that include, but are not limited to, research with drugs, devices or other interventions.

    Required CITI Core Modules – 12

Please select the group that best corresponds to the nature of your research. You must receive a score of 80% or better overall in order to pass a CITI course. If you receive less than 80%, you will need to retake one or more quizzes to improve your score.

The CMU IRB may require a researcher to take supplemental CITI coursework depending on the nature of the proposed research.

Once completed, CITI will issue you a Completion Report and notify Sponsored Programs. A CITI Completion Report is valid for three (3) years. Current and valid CITI human subject’s research certification is required for the duration of all human subject’s research. It is the researcher’s responsibility to maintain current and valid CITI human subject’s research certification.

CITI Training