Training Requirements

Brandeis University requires all student investigators (undergraduate, graduate, post-doc) to complete the human subjects training through the CITI Program before their IRB applications will be reviewed.

     IRB Workshop Series
All students, staff, and faculty members are invited to attend these workshops, where participants will be guided through the steps of putting together an IRB application at Brandeis and have their specific questions answered.

Workshops fill up fast so an RSVP is required.

Email irb@brandeis.edu if you would like to reserve a seat.

All workshops will be held in the Goldfarb Library, Gardner Jackson Room.

Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

Training is an important part of our Human Subjects in Research program at Brandeis, and we are pleased to offer a convenient, customized online training program through the University of Miami's Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI).

Brandeis University requires all student investigators (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows) to complete the human subjects training through the CITI program before their IRB applications will be reviewed.

This training will cover a period of three years from the date of completion, after which time those students and postdoctoral fellows still engaged in human subjects research must complete the Refresher Training course, also offered through the CITI program.

CITI training program

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Instructions for those who have completed NO CITI training previously

For instructions on how to register for the CITI program, go to the CITI Program Support Center: How do I enroll in a CITI course for the first time? 

Once you are registered, you will be asked to select your curriculum.

Choose a course in question 1. You may ignore questions 2, 4, and 5; however, you must choose "Not at this time" for question 3 and "No" for question 6.

We encourage you to complete this training over a number of sessions. CITI will track the modules you have successfully completed and you may sign in as often as you like. 

The IRB office will be notified when you complete the Brandeis University customized CITI training - there is no need to submit a printed copy of the completion report.

Instructions for those who have completed CITI training at a previous institution

If you have completed CITI training for another institution, you must still complete the Brandeis University customized CITI training. To do this, sign in using your username and password and affiliate yourself with Brandeis University (click the link Affiliate with Another Institution). 

Once you are registered with Brandeis University, you will be asked to select your curriculum.

Choose a course in question 1. You may ignore questions 2, 4, and 5; however, you must choose "Not at this time" for question 3 and "No" for question 6.

The modules you have completed for your previous institution will be marked Completed. You must complete all modules marked Incomplete.

We encourage you to complete this training over a number of sessions. CITI will track the modules you have successfully completed and you may sign in as often as you like. 

The IRB office will be notified when you complete the Brandeis University customized CITI training - there is no need to submit a printed copy of the completion report.

Instructions for completion of the CITI Refresher course

If you have completed the Brandeis University customized CITI training within the last three years you must take the Refresher course.

Once you are signed in, you will be asked to select your curriculum. 

Ignore question 1 and choose a course in question 2. You may ignore questions 4 and 5; however, you must choose "Not at this time" for question 3 and "No" for question 6.

We encourage you to complete this training over a number of sessions. CITI will track the modules you have successfully completed and you may sign in as often as you like. 

The IRB office will be notified when you complete the Brandeis University customized CITI refresher course - there is no need to submit a printed copy of the completion report.


Additional Training Options

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

While Brandeis University requires student investigators (undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral fellows) to complete the human subjects training through the CITI program, the NIH Office of Extramural Research offers a Protecting Human Research Participants (PHRP) course, as well.

This free, web-based tutorial presents information about protections for human participants in research and meets the NIH human subjects training requirement for obtaining NIH awards. The tutorial is designed for those involved in the design and/or conduct of research involving human participants. The PHRP is offered in both English and Spanish.

PHRP course