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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.

Please follow the instructions listed below to select the required "Social/Behavioral Research Course, Basic Course" training for human subjects research. For a printable version of the complete instructions with screenshots, click here.


  • Training is valid for up to 3 years.
  • You do not need a JMU e-id to register for training.
  • Training is free.
  1. Go to to register. Complete the steps to set up your member profile and to affiliate with JMU.

  2. To add a course, select ONLY "I need to take courses regarding research involving Human Subjects."

  3. Select "Social & Behavioral Research Investigators"

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

Important Notice: 
CITI Program has updated their public facing website. The new home page now has a blue Log In button in the top right corner. You will continue to log in with your CITI Program credentials. Once you log in, you will see the same Learner Management System (LMS) interfaces as before.

Technical issues should be addressed to or to (305) 243-7970.