CITI Training and Human Subjects Education

CITI Training

All research conducted by faculty, staff, and students at the University of Massachusetts Boston that involves human subjects is subject to review by the Institutional Review Board. The United States federal government and therefore the University of Massachusetts Boston (UMB) require that all researchers are adequately educated in the protection of human subjects. UMB has contracted with the University of Miami to provide the CITI online training.

The CITI trainings available are listed below:

  • Biomedical Data or Specimens Only Research
  • Biomedical Research
  • IRB Members (for IRB members only)
  • Social & Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel
  • Students - Class projects
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Please choose the training(s) that suits your needs and similarly, faculty should assign students the training(s) that will best suit the class research needs. Once completed, your name will be added to a master list of all individuals at UMass Boston who have completed the program. You can access the CITI program website to register and complete the course here.

Refresher CITI training required every three (3) years

As of February 1, 2008, all UMass Boston researchers and staff who are engaged in research that involves human subjects are required to complete, at no cost, the CITI Refresher Training Course, specifically the social/behavioral research modules, every three (3) years.  Both the student and their faculty or staff sponsor must provide the required evidence of completing the CITI refresher course. You will be notified by Kristen Kenny, the IRB administrator, via email when you are required to complete this one-hour refresher course.

Educational Seminars

The IRB provides lectures and educational seminars for faculty, staff, and students conducting research with human subjects. Basic IRB practices are addressed in these seminars, including how to complete an IRB application, research ethics, HIPAA, etc. These seminars are particularly useful for students who may conduct human subject research for a thesis paper. If you would like to schedule an educational seminar in your classroom, please contact the IRB office.