Human Research Protection Program

Education and Training

Note: Please keep certificates and dates of completion as you will need this information for your CPHS application.

OPHS Outreach Presentations
The Director of Research Subject Protection and OPHS staff conduct a two-part graduate student workshop each spring, and also make educational presentations at classes, seminars, and other venues throughout the year. The presentations cover the fundamentals of human subjects research requirements and the CPHS application process, but can be geared to the specific interests and needs of your group. If you are interested in scheduling OPHS staff to speak to your class or group, please send your request to

Online Training
To get started with the online human subjects research training modules, hosted by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), please review our CITI Registration and Login Instructions then proceed to the CITI Online Course.

UC Berkeley Faculty, Staff, and Students
Faculty (with some exceptions), staff, and students engaged in human subjects research must complete either the biomedical or social-behavioral human research course through the online Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI), depending upon which is most germane to the research, pass the quizzes, and attach the completion certificate to the eprotocol application. The CITI course must be completed before CPHS will approve the protocol, or the addition of new personnel to an existing protocol as study personnel.

UC System IRB Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
UCB investigators or key personnel – other than undergraduate or graduate students – who want to use the UC System Memorandum of Understanding to rely on another UC System institution’s IRB review must complete and pass the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) online training program module sequence most germane to their area of study. However, if the study is NIH funded, the non-student investigator and/or key personnel may substitute the NIH online training for the CITI online training program.

NIH-funded Principal Investigators and Key Personnel
Principal Investigators and Key Personnel of NIH funded research with human subjects are required by the NIH to complete training in the protection of human research participants. This requirement may be satisfied by completing either the online NIH course below or the online CITI course. However, all UC Berkeley students are required to complete the CITI course.

NSF-funded Students and Postdocs
Students and postdocs supported by NSF funding to conduct human subjects research must complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) modules, one of which is a human subjects research module. In addition to the RCR modules, students must also complete the CITI human subjects modules (i.e., the complete social behavioral or biomedical course). The RCR human subjects research module does not substitute for the CITI human subjects research course and vice versa.

Investigators Using Protected Health Information (PHI)
Investigators using protected health information (e.g. individually identifiable health information from the Tang Center, Human Resources Health Plan, Intercollegiate Athletics, Optometry Clinic, or Psychology Clinic) are subject to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and must complete (1) HIPAA Security Training and (2) HIPAA Research Training before their CPHS protocol will be approved.