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Mandatory Training for Persons Planning to Conduct Research Involving Human Subjects

Federal guidelines mandate that all investigators and key personnel who are directly responsible for the design and conduct of the human subject's part of the project be properly trained prior to working with human subjects. This requirement is in accordance with our Federal Wide Assurance filed with U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Human Research Protection.

To be compliant with this federal mandate, training, under the purview of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) JMU moved to the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) curriculum for all Human Subjects Research in January 2010.

Educational Materials - The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) has developed a course on Human Subjects in Research that is available on-line. The course covers the core Human Research instructional areas to include the Belmont Report, history and ethical principles, defining research, informed consent form, students in research, international research, conflicts of interest, regulations, privacy, confidentiality, prisoners, children, research in public schools and more. Follow the instructions below to register for the Human Subjects in Research course:

Please follow the steps listed below to select the required "Social/Behavioral Research Course, Basic Course" training for human subjects research.

Training is valid for up to 3 years. You do not need a JMU e-id to register for training. Training is free.

For a printable version of the complete instructions, please click here.

Go to

Select ONLY "I need to take courses regarding research involving Human Subjects."


Select "Social & Behavioral Research Investigators"

From the Main Menu, select "Enter" under Status. You should be registered ONLY for "Social/Behavioral Research Course, Basic Course."


If your screen does not show the modules listed below, you are not in the correct test!


The Social/Behavioral Course, Basic Course is currently only available in English. CITI is working on providing the training in other languages. Researchers can access a Spanish version offered through the National Institutes of Health:

You may also want to check out this link:
to watch videos created by the Center for Faculty Innovation to learn more about the IRB.


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