Training Required for Human Subjects Research

Depending on the nature of your research and funding, the IRB may require you to complete training on certain topics.

622x350In-class education sessions on human subjects protections and responsible conduct of research can be scheduled by request. Contact oprs@usc.edu or (213) 821-1154 to arrange an education session.

For additional educational  resources, see the In this section menu to the right.

Human Subjects Protections Training

  • All study personnel participating in an IRB reviewed study involving human subjects must complete Biomedical or Social Behavioral training.
  • This requirement can be satisfied by completing a CITI online training course.

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • Principle Investigators (PI)s and study staff on studies meeting the NIH definition of a clinical trial must complete GCP training every three years .
  • This requirement can be fulfilled by completing a CITI online training course.
  • Investigators who conduct social-behavioral clinical trials, may be required to take GCP training. USC IRBs will accept training certificates for the social-behavioral GCP course hosted for NIH by the Society of Behavioral Medicine https://sbm.execinc.com/edibo/Account

HIPAA Training

  • The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (aka “Privacy Rule”) requires all faculty, staff and other USC employees, as well as students, volunteers, agents and certain other individuals who have access to patient health information through USC providers to complete a course on “protected health information”. Click here to read more about the Privacy Rule.
  • This requirement can be satisfied by completing the USC HIPAA Training Course

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

  • All students (undergraduates/graduate students) and postdoctoral scholars serving on studies funded by the National Science Foundation are required to complete a course on the Responsible Conduct of Research. Some NIH programs also require RCR training. Click here for additional RCR education resources.
  • This requirement can be satisfied by completing a CITI online training course.

Conflict of Interest Training

  •  COI training is required for all USC investigators supported by HHS funding. For more information visit here.
  • This requirement can be satisfied by completing a CITI online training course.