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Training on the Protection of Human Research Participants (IRB Required)

The Pennsylvania State University requires initial and continuing (every 3 years) education in the protection of human research participants for individuals involved in the conduct or oversight of human participant research. The training is offered through the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative at the University of Miami (CITI).

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For more information on the IRB's policy on required human research training, please see The Investigator Manual

Social Science vs. Biomedical Research

  • Select the course that best fits the type of research you are conducting; please see the list of Social Science and Biomedical modules to determine which course is most appropriate for your research
  • Based on your selection, you will be required to complete multiple pre-selected modules
  • In addition the pre-selected modules, you will be required to complete one (1) elective module
  • Completion of CITI Program training is valid for three years after which time you will need to take a refresher course; when your training is close to expiration, you will receive notification from CITI 

Studies Funded by Department of Navy (DON)

  • Additional training requirements apply to any human participant research study that receives funding from the DON. Please visit the Office of Naval Research website  and follow their "Directions for Online Training-Extramural" to access the required modules.  Note that there are separate instructions on their site for existing CITI users and new CITI users. 
Contact Us

Office for Research Protections
814-865-1775 •
The Office for Research Protections (ORP) ensures that research at the University is conducted in accordance with federal, state, and local regulations and guidelines that protect human participants, animals, students, and personnel involved with research.
Human Research (IRB) Program Staff