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Ongoing education and training in protection of human subjects is a federal requirement for anyone engaged in research. Towson University has partnered with The University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) to provide online training for faculty, staff, students, and external investigators unaffiliated with another institution.
CITI provides a comprehensive selection of educational modules appropriate for the nature of research with which an investigator is engaged. CITI’s mission is:
“. . . dedicated to promoting the public’s trust in the research enterprise by providing high quality, peer-reviewed, web-based educational courses in research, ethics, regulatory oversight, responsible conduct of research, research administration, and other topics pertinent to the interests of member organizations and individual learners.”
These materials are designed and regularly updated to:
Learn more about the mission and history of the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.
Individuals are only required to take the modules most related to the type of research in which they are engaged. Please refer to the above CITI Training Selection Guide for guidance on selecting the most appropriate course for your research.
The CITI training must be completed every three (3) years in order to continue conducting human participant research at Towson University.
Available modules include:
See below for more information on who needs to complete CITI, how to register for a course, which course to select, and more.
The Institutional Review Board requires ALL individuals (including IRB members and administrators) engaged in human participant research at Towson University to complete CITI’s human participant protections training. Any personnel interacting and/or intervening with human subjects or handles the personally identifiable data of a human subject (e.g. data collection/analysis) must complete CITI training. This includes any student investigator and co-investigator (internal or external).
If you have previously completed CITI training under a different institution, please submit copies of your certification to the IRB office for record keeping.
Towson University’s IRB will accept certification from different human subjects research programs. If you have completed a training program similar to CITI (e.g. Johns Hopkins Online Human Research Protection Program), please notify the IRB office and submit copies of your certification.
TU faculty, staff, and students can log in directly with their NetID and password. If you already have a pre-existing account through CITI, your account should now be linked to your TU NetID login information. All existing certificates and account information should have transferred over and remain the same.
If you encounter any issues when logging in with your NetID or have missing account information, please contact the IRB at irb AT_TOWSON.
The courses you are required to take are based on the options you choose under the questions presented when you select “Add a Course” on the “Select Curriculum” page. The questions most important for IRB are questions (1) Responsible Conduct of Research and (3) Human Subjects Research. The type of research you are conducting will influence your choices for these questions.
CITI Program courses consist of various modules that contain detailed content, images, supplemental materials (such as case studies), and a quiz. Each module varies in length, but is designed to take about 30 to 45 minutes to complete. The average learner spends approximately 4-6 hours to complete a “Basic Course.” To complete a “Refresher Course,” the average learner spends approximately 2 hours.
You will want to plan your time accordingly to complete CITI training in time for the review of your IRB application.
Applications will not move forward to review until ALL necessary personnel have completed training.
Yes. You must score at least an 80% in order to pass each module and receive certification for that course. You may re-take a module as many times as needed to receiving a passing score.
CITI training is valid for a total of three (3) years. After that, investigators must complete the “Refresher” courses. Investigators need to be aware of when their expiration date is to complete the refresher course(s) in a timely manner. Failure to complete the renewal course before the expiration date may impact your study.
There are no fees for you to join; TU is a member organization. Upon login you will need to affiliate with TU and register for the most suitable courses for your research. If you join as an independent learner you will need to pay for your own courses.