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COURSE REQUIREMENT DESCRIPTION
Biomedical Human Subjects Training

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Investigators, Key Personnel and IRB Members/Staff must complete 6 modules with a passing score of 80%.

Refresher training must be taken every 3 years.

Research ethics and principles, laws and regulations, informed consent, vulnerable populations, and more.
Social-behavioral Human Subjects Training

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Students, faculty advisors, investigators, and key research personnel must complete 6 modules with a passing score of 80%.

Refresher training must be repeated every 3 years.

Research ethics and principles, laws and regulations, informed consent, vulnerable populations, and more.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP)

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Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training is required for investigators and research personnel who have interactions, conduct interventions, or have access to subjects’ identifiable information.
A study will NOT be approved until the training requirement is met.
15 modules must be completed with a passing score of 80%.Refresher training must be repeated every 3 years.
International ethical and scientific standards expected in design, conduct, performance, monitoring, auditing, recording, analysis, and reporting of clinical trials.

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Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

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Investigators on NSF grants, some NIH training awards, and PHS traineeships must complete 9 modules with a passing score of 80%.
No refresher course is necessary.
Research ethics, data integrity, collaborative research, and more. The USC Office of Compliance will provide the certificate of completion.
Conflict of Interest

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Investigators supported by HHS funding must complete COI training
Refresher training must be repeated every 4 years.
For more information visit the http://ooc.usc.edu/hhs-required-coi-training
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Mandated at the discretion of the instructor, this course is sometimes used as an assignment for research methods courses.
Requires 4 modules; two modules of the Human Subjects Protections course and two modules of Responsible Conduct of Research course.
Research ethics and principles, laws and regulations, informed consent, vulnerable populations, and more.

 

HIPAA 

NOTE: the USC HIPAA course is not hosted by CITI

HIPAA training is required for all investigators who have access to Protected Health Information such as patient health records.
Visit the USC Office of Compliance website to access the HIPAA course.
ooc.usc.edu/hipaa-privacy-education-program

“Key Personnel”

Key personnel are  individuals responsible for the protocol development or design, conduct, or reporting of research. These include but are not limited to: Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-PIs, faculty advisers, study coordinators, recruitment staff, and anyone else performing study procedures or interventions.

Accessing CITI

Please refer to the Instructions for CITI and ISTAR manual for course registration, completion instructions, and printing your certificate. In addition, CITI and iStar are separate systems: while you can use the same log-in information for both you will need to register for each separately.


CITI FAQs

What if I already have certification from an outside institution?

Human subjects certifications completed within the past 3 years may be accepted at USC’s discretion, but a copy must first be emailed to citi@usc.edu make that determination.

I received a notice from iStar indicating my certificate is about to expire, what do I do?

If you received a notice from iStar indicating your certificate is about to expire, you must re-certify. The human subjects education policy is that investigators/key personnel must complete training every 3 years. Please refer to “Signing Up For A Refresher Course” in the Instructions for CITI and ISTAR manual.

I need to complete GCP training and the human subjects “refresher” course, must I take both?

Yes. GCP is a separate requirement from human subjects training. GCP training and human subjects education must be taken every three years. Both courses are available at www.citiprogram.org
A refresher course becomes available in CITI 90 days before the three year certificate expires.

Do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training if a project is “exempt”?

Yes, even if a project is exempt, study personnel are still required to take Human Subjects Protections Training.

If a project was determined to be “not human subjects research”, do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training?

No. If a project was determined to be “not human subjects research” (NHSR) (e.g., this applies whether coded specimen/data or not meeting the federal definition) study personnel do not need to take the Human Subjects training on CITI.

If I already completed HIPAA Training, do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training?

Yes, you must complete Human Subjects Protections Training even if you completed HIPAA Training.

Do I need to take Human Subjects Protections Training for amendments to a previously approved IRB application?

Amendments for adding “key personnel” on a study require that the added individual(s) complete CITI before the amendment is approved.


USC CITI Help Desk

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