Human Subject Ethics Training in the Protection of Human Participants

The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI) was founded in March, 2000 as a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop a web based training program in human research subjects protections. The CITI course contains training modules for Biomedical and Social and Behavior Science research. Social and Behavioral research is the primary research performed here at California State University, San Bernardino. In addition to the "basic" content, the CITI model provides the opportunity for our institution to post additional instructional materials specific to CSUSB training needs.

Please read the following as your IRB application will likely be delayed if you complete the incorrect human subject's training module. The module(s) administration, faculty, staff, and students need to complete is either Group 1 or Group 2. The Students in Research and the Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) modules ARE NOT the mandatory training modules to complete.

Both the faculty advisor and their student must complete the IRB training before submitting their IRB application. Should the training not have been completed the IRB application will be returned to the faculty advisor and/or faculty researcher, staff member, administrator or off campus researcher.


(Follow the instructions carefully in order to not delay the processing of your IRB application).

Group 1 - Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Those in the medical sciences, such as Biology, Chemistry and Nursing should complete this module.

Group 2 - Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Those in the social sciences, such as Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology should complete this module.

The CITI training website will ask you as series of 3 questions. Question 1 is the most critical
and relates directly to your training certification. Select either Group 1 (Biomedical Research
Investigators and Key Personnel) or Group 2 (Social Behavioral Research Investigators and
Key Personnel). Group 1 and Group 2 are the only training modules certified for human subjects training purposes by the California State University, San Bernardino Institutional Review Board.

On question 2 answer "Not at this time." On question 3 do not check off any items.

Please note NIH Financial Conflict of Interest Training also available on CITI training site.

The above listed research modules (Learning Groups) are the only human subjects training courses required to comply with the Mandatory Training Policy [Word Document]. There is a small test at the end of each module consisting of 5 to 10 questions. Passing score is 100%, but you can retake the test as many times as you require. The module simply scrambles the order of the questions to ensure your paying attention. Failure to complete the training, either by the faculty advisor or the investigator (student or faculty) will be returned to the faculty advisor/faculty member without IRB review.