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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.


Required Human Subjects Research Training for 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.

To get started with CITI please review our CITI Registration and Login Instructions then proceed to the CITI Online Course.

For those who completed a CITI Human Research course at another institution

The user may to log in to his/her existing CITI account and click on “Click here to affiliate with another institution” link, select UC Berkeley, complete demographic information, then select the same course they previously took (e.g., Group 2 Social Behavioral Human Research course). This will transfer modules in common. The user will need to complete the UCB course by reading the UCB module plus complete any outstanding modules as applicable.


UC System IRB Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

All UCB faculty, staff, and 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. The exception to this rule is when the study is NIH funded: grandfathered Principal Investigators may substitute the 2008 NIH online training (see below) 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 CITI course, or grandfathered Principal Investigators have the option of completing the 2008 online NIH course: NIH Online Course - Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP)


NSF-funded Students and Postdocs Training Requirements

Students and postdocs supported by NSF funding to conduct human subjects research must complete the CITI Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) course in addition to the CITI human research course (i.e., Group 2 social behavioral or Group 1 biomedical human research course). The RCR human subjects research course does not substitute for the CITI human subjects research course and vice versa. Researchers should attach the human research course certificate to their CPHS application. The RCR course certificate should be retained for the grant Principal Investigator’s records.


Training for 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, Athletics and Recreational Sports, Optometry Clinic, or other covered entities outside of UCB) are subject to the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and must complete HIPAA Research Training below and submit the completion certificate with their application before their CPHS protocol will be approved.


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 Tani Prestage at tprestage@berkeley.edu.