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Human Subjects Protections Training

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URL: Subjects Protections Training

Training In Human Subjects Protections

As of April 1st, 2011, the Teachers College Institutional Review Board (IRB) implemented a new free online training program in Human Subjects Research - CITI - provided by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative.  This is now required for the following researchers: 

  • All students and all first-time faculty/staff applicants seeking IRB approval as a Principal Investigator (PI)
  • All team members on a study

Faculty and staff who have previously received approval on a study as the Principal Investigator [PI] from the TC IRB are exempt from the new training requirement.  Applicants who've taken CITI training through another institution or organization should update their membership by adding their affiliation with Teachers College, Columbia University on the CITI website, and make sure their training includes the modules listed below.

All that must take the CITI training will be required to take the IRB Social and Behavioral Researchers, Basic Course.  You do not need to take the RCR or Conflict of Interest courses for IRB purposes. The Basic course contains a total of nine (9) modules:  seven (7) basic modules from within the CITI program's Social & Behavioral Researchers Group of course offerings, plus two (2) electives, based on researchers' individual needs or interests.  In addition, there are several optional modules that may be taken once the required modules have been completed.  All required and optional courses are listed below:

Required:  7 Basic + 2 Elective

Basic Modules

Students in Research -- SBR

History and Ethical Principles -- SBR

Defining Research with Human Subjects -- SBR

The Regulations and The Social and Behavioral Sciences -- SBR

Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences - SBR

Informed Consent -- SBR

Privacy and Confidentiality -- SBR

Elective Modules

Research with Children -- SBR

Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools -- SBR

International Research -- SBR

Research and HIPAA Privacy Protections

Optional Modules

Belmont Report and CITI Course Introduction

Records-Based Research

Internet Research -- SBR

Responsible Office: Provost

Effective Date: August 2011

Last Updated: November 2017