All investigators and advisors involved in either human or animal subject research are required to complete the respective training programs. Please note that each training course has a unique expiration date and that all researchers are required to have up-to-date training.

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

This is the site for required training in human subject research, animal subject research, conflict of interest (COI) , responsible conduct of research, and good clinical practice. There are additional optional courses available on this site for further education.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding CITI

Types of Training in CITI Program

CITI - Getting Started Guide - For new CITI users, this document steps you through the registration process.

Human Subjects Research - The course that Ohio University requires for Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (IRB) training is either the Biomedical or Social Behavior Investigators and Key Personnel course. You must complete the Basic course before the Refresher courses can be accepted. 

Animal Research - The course that Ohio University requires for Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) training is the "Working with the IACUC (Investigator, Staff, and Students) Course."

Conflict of Interest - The course that Ohio University requires for Conflict of Interest (COI) training is the "Conflict of Interest Training."

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) - The course that Ohio University requires for Responsible Conduct of Research training is the Responsible Conduct of Research training course, which is based on your area of study.

Good Clinical Practice Training (GCP) - All NIH-funded clinical investigators and clinical trial staff who are involved in the design, conduct, oversight, or management of clinical trials are required to take Good Clinical Practice (GCP) training. GCP training should be refreshed at least every three years in order to stay up to date with regulations, standards, and guidelines. Other study sponsors may also require GCP training for clinical trials. 

The following GCP courses are available in CITI. If you aren't sure which course is most appropriate, consult with your PI or study coordinator.

  • Good Clinical Practice Course, US FDA Focus
  • Good Clinical Practice Course for Clinical Trials Involving Medical Devices (international focus)
  • Good Clinical Practice Course for Clinical Trials Involving Investigational Drugs (ICH / international focus)
  • GCP - Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research


HIPAA Training in Vector (New*)

The course that Ohio University requires for HIPAA is “Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) (Full Course)” in Vector. Please ensure that you renew your HIPAA training annually and upload proof of training to the LEO system. Direct links to Vector and instructions for adding the HIPAA course to your profile are provided below.

  • To add the HIPAA course to your profile, follow the link to Vector below and locate the "Extra Training" button on the left-hand side of the screen
  • Next, search the keyword "HIPAA" in the search bar on the upper right-hand side of the screen..
  • Select the arrow under "To continue, please select a course version". Begin with the full course and then the complete the refresher course once annually.
  • Finally, if you are a study team member on an IRB protocol that will involve activities covered by HIPAA, please upload your completion certificate to the IRB Application in LEO.

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