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Students, faculty, and staff researchers (and faculty sponsors) who file IRB applications will need to complete online training offered by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). All researchers (including faculty sponsors) engaged in a research project using human subjects are required to complete a course in Human Subjects Research.

The Human Subjects Research course provides basic training in the conduct of ethical human subjects research. This course is targeted to the type of research generally conducted at John Carroll: social and behavioral research studies such as those often conducted in the areas of psychology, communications, education, sociology, counseling, and business. 

CITI training must be completed by all researchers and sponsors, if applicable, listed on the IRB application before the application can be considered complete for submission. The CITI Program website requires both JavaScript and cookies to be enabled in order to function.

The courses available to John Carroll University CITI learners are listed below. The Human Subjects Research courses are those required by the IRB.

  • All non-student researchers and sponsors should complete the “IRB Researchers and Sponsors - Basic Course.
  • All student researchers, both undergraduate and graduate students, should complete the “IRB Student Researchers - Basic Course.
  • Any of the other courses listed on the CITI webpage are optional and available to anyone in the JCU community.

Access the CITI Program here. For a detailed guide in creating a new CITI user account, click here.

8 Categories of Courses are available including:

1. Human Subjects Research

  • IRB Researchers and Sponsors
  • IRB Student Researchers
  • IRB Members

2. Animal Care and Use

  • ACU courses cover the general principles of the ethical care and use of animals in research, training, and testing. There are numerous choices to select if interested.

3. Conflicts of Interest

  • For PHS-funded researchers

4. Health Information Privacy & Security (HIPS)

  • IPS covers the principles of data protection, focusing on the healthcare-related privacy and information security requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the educational records and data-related requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

5. Responsible Conduct of Research: RCR Course for Grant Workers

  • For federally funded researchers and their workers.

6. Institutional/Signatory Official

  • Training for the Institutional Official (IO) of the IRB and the IACUC. At JCU, the Institutional Official is the Provost and Academic Vice President.

7. Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Certification: Often required for researchers receiving federal funding

  • GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research
  • GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices (U.S. FDA Focus)
  • GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Biologics (ICH Focus)
  • GCP for Clinical Investigations of Devices

8. COVID-19: Back to Campus (Fall 2020)

NOTE: This course is only available for a limited time.

  • This course's materials were developed or reviewed by medical, research, and environmental health and safety professionals in coordination with the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in an effort to help researchers, students, and administrative staff, manage the risks associated with COVID-19 as they return to campus.

Login Information for CITI:

  • To create a user profile for CITI, click here for detailed information.
  • Access CITI here to register or log-in.

For additional information, including a list of required and optional modules found in each course, see the flyers listed below or visit the CITI FAQ page.

FLYER: CITI Training For Students
FLYER: CITI Training for Researchers and Sponsors