General Information

All investigators and key personnel who participate in the design and/or the conduct of human subjects research (including exempt research) must be appropriately trained in the protection of human subjects.

The University uses the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) web-based courses to satisfy this requirement for UMBC researchers, but provides other opportunites as well. If you are not sure which course is most applicable to your area, ask your faculty advisor or contact the Office for Research Protections and Compliance at 410‐455‐2737 or compliance@umbc.edu.

Registering for Courses

Open the below document to obtain more information on how to register with CITI to take this course; then log into CITI (www.citiprogram.org).

How to register for the CITI Human Participant Use Training Course

Evidence of Training from Other Institutions

The IRB will accept evidence of training from another institution when a UMBC employee (or UMBC affiliates) completed training in human subjects research protection at a previous institution. Please forward evidence of training (e.g. certificate of completion) to compliance@umbc.edu.

Copies of Training Completion Reports

Once the training module is completed, you may print a copy of your training completion report by logging into CITI (www.citiprogram.org), using your username and password, and clicking the "Print" link under the Completion Reports column in My Courses.

UMBC does require a "refresher" course to be completed by all research personnel every five years. Please refer to different options below for completing this requirement.

Already registered on CITI and want to add or update a training module? Look here.

Taken training at another instituion and want to switch to UMBC? Click here.

DO NOT select any of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) modules to fulfill IRB requirements (human subject research). If you take the RCR course, it will not count towards the IRB's requirement for training.

Descriptions of Human Participant Use Training Courses Available

Course Module Name Recommended for Description
Researchers conducting less than minimal risk research

Invesitgators involved in:

  • Undergraduate and graduate research methods classes
  • Exempt research
  • Pilot or exploratory research with no known risk
  • Useful for investigators who have not previously completed a training program

This course provides information about the Belmont Report, working with the IRB, understanding procedures, etc.

This module is designed for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in less than minimal risk research, which entails no known physical, emotional, psychological, or economic risk, to nonvulnerable subjects. Reading, reviewing and completing the core module and quizzes will last approximately ½ of an hour. The passing score for the CITI course is 75% .

Social/Behavioral Research

Investigators involved in:

  • Expedited review research
  • Full board review research
  • Upgrade of human research training (beyond exempt review)
  • Useful for investigators who have not previously completed a training program

This course provides information about the Belmont Report, working with the IRB, understanding procedures, etc. Also included is information about ethical principles, assessing risk, developing informed consent, privacy and confidentiality.

This module is designed for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in minimal risk research, who plan to submit for expedited review or for full board review.

Undergraduate students planning independent studies or honors theses involving minimal risk research or plan to become a member of a research team or lab should take this training. Graduate students who plan to become a member of a research team or lab or contemplating master’s thesis or dissertation research shoudl take this training as well. Investigators who have completed the "Researchers conducting no more than minimal risk research" module will be required to complete the core modules of the Social & Behavioral training. Reading, reviewing and completing the core module and quizzes will take approximately 2½ hours. The passing score for the CITI course is 75% .

Research with data or Specimens - ONLY

Investigators involved in:

less than minimal risk research that uses pre-existing data, records and/or specimens

  • Research with data that falls within the exempt (subcategory 4) or expedited categories of review (Category 5)

This course provides information about the Belmont Report, working with the IRB, understanding procedures, and understanding how to perform records based research.

This module is designed for faculty, staff, graduate students, and undergraduate students involved in less than minimal risk research. Reading, reviewing and completing the core module and quizzes will take approximately 1 hour. The passing score for the CITI course is 75% .

Health Information Privacy and Security

Investigators involved in:

research that uses data, records and/or specimens where HIPAA data protection requirements are in place

The course provides an overview of health information privacy issues, focusing  on Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requirements and also general information about security practices.

Reading, reviewing and completing the core module and quizzes will take approximately 45 minutes. The passing score for the CITI course is 75% .

Researchers conducting no more than minimal risk research Refresher Course

 

Social/Behavioral Research Refresher Course

 

Research with data or Specimens - ONLY Refresher Course

Investigators whose:

  • UMBC IRB training certification has expired
  • CITI training certification has expired

This course provides a refresher on the history and ethical foundations of human research, a regulatory overview, a discussion of fundamental issues, such as consent and vulnerable subjects.

Investigators will have received a notice from ORPC regarding re-certification and be instructed on the appropriate module to take. Investigators who have completed the CITI training program will receive a notice at 4 years and 9 months past their original CITI certification date to complete the appropriate refresher module. Investigators will be directed to only choose this module if you have received a notice from ORPC. Reading, reviewing and completing the module and quizzes will take approximately ½ - 2 hours (depends on the course module). The passing score for the CITI course is 75% .

IRB Member For IRB members only - DO NOT choose this module for investigator training When selecting modules on the CITI, only check the box that is applicable to you and your research. Only check the “IRB Member” box if you are currently a member of the UMBC IRB.

 

Additional Training and Education

UMBC’s Office of Research Protections and Compliance provides a wide variety of training.  ORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campus.  We would be more than happy to meet with you or your unit.  Please feel free to contact us at compliance@umbc.edu.

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