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Human Subject Protection Education

Education in human subject protections is required for all faculty, staff, and students directly involved in the conduct of clinical or social and behavioral research according to USF IRB Policy and Procedure Manual Section 7.2. This includes individuals who collect or enter data, individuals who conduct study procedures (including informed consent) or interventions with human subjects, and individuals who use or have access to private information that can be linked to research subjects. The policy applies to all research involving the use of human participants, regardless of funding or scholarship.

All study team members must have current training in order to receive protocol approval from the USF IRB.  Courses in human subject protection are certified as follows:

Courses completed before April 1, 2015 are certified for a period of two years.
Courses completed on or after April 1, 2015 are certified for a period of three years.

Choose one of CITI courses listed below to complete at (for CITI registration and course selection instructions click here).  Please note - either the Basic or Refresher version of these courses will satisfy the IRB Education requirement.

  • Biomedical Investigators and Key Personnel
  • Social/Behavioral Investigators and Key Personnel
  • IRB Members
  • CITI Good Clinical Practice
  • Spanish Language Biomedical Modules
  • VA Human Subjects Protection
  • VA Human Subjects Protection and Good Clinical Practices
  • Biomedical Research (for H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center affiliated investigators)

Other Courses eligible for IRB certification:

  • USF IRB Annual Study Team Research Retreat
  • USF IRB Student Researcher Workshop
  • NIH Web-based training course, “Protecting Human Research Participants”
  • "Research Ethics Training Curriculum for Community Representatives" (FHI360) Family Health International Program
  • Some CITI courses from Other Institutions (validated on a case-by-case basis  – contact the ARC Help Desk for details).

Important Note: The CITI Responsible Conduct of Research courses are not valid for IRB Certification.

Find & Print Your Certificates - Certificates are posted and ARC Profiles updated within two business days after completion for USF investigators.

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