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

Human Subjects Research Training

  • Mandatory for Principal Investigators (PI)s and all personnel listed on an IRB application.
  • The human subjects training certificate is valid for three years and can be renewed by completing a refresher course.
  • This course is offered in a social-behavioral version and a biomedical version. Both versions contain 6 modules with a passing score of 80%.
  • Accessible at

Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

  • GCP is mandatory for Principal Investigators (PI)s and study staff working on FDA regulated studies or NIH funded studies that fit the NIH definition of a clinical trial.
  • GCP training certificates are valid for three years and can be renewed by completing a refresher course.
  • GCP course is offered in three versions (devices, drugs, social-behavioral research). 15 modules must be completed with a passing score of 80%
  • Accessible at

Research HIPAA Training

  • USC researchers and staff who use or access protected health information will be required to complete the Research HIPAA course offered online through CITI when renewing certification for the Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and/or Human Subjects Research Protection Training (HSR) courses. The Research HIPAA  course covers the  “Privacy Rule” also known as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) as it applies to conducting research.
  • As Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and/or Human Subjects Research Protection Training (HSR) courses expire, researchers will be prompted to complete the Research HIPAA course available from CITI. The previously completed USC HIPAA Privacy course will be honored until GCP and/or HSR courses are due for renewal. The Research HIPAA course must be completed at this time in order to continue participation in IRB approved research. A refresher course is required for GCP, HSR and Research HIPAA every 3 years.
  • This new requirement has been established per the recommendation of a recent audit of the USC Institutional Review Board and is contestant with standards of practice found at research institutions across the nation.
  • The Research HIPAA course does not replace the USC HIPAA Privacy course offered through the Office of Culture, Ethics, and Compliance. The USC HIPAA Privacy course serves to address site specific guidance and issues related to medical records and practices in the USC Keck clinical settings.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training

Conflict of Interest Training

Environmental Health and Safety

  • EH&S safety training courses ensure that all participants are aware of potential hazards in their work area, knowledgeable of safety measures to protect themselves, and compliant with USC policies as well as state and federal regulations. Find out what courses you need to take, and how to register –

“Generic Classroom” Courses

  • Mandated at the discretion of the instructor, the “generic classroom” courses are sometimes used as an assignment for research methods courses.
  • Access the generic classroom courses at