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Human Subjects Use Training

General Information

All investigators, advisors and research team personnel (staff, students, and volunteers) who participate in the design and/or the conduct of human subjects research (including exempt research) must be appropriately trained in the protection of human subjects. Note that persons participating in the research who will not have any contact with human participants or identifiable data are not required to take this training.

All personnel must complete the below highlighted modules before the IRB provides approval. UMBC uses one source of training. Follow instructions below.  For more information, general UMBC human subjects use information can be found on the UMBC IRB Page.  UMBC may accept evidence of training (e.g. certificate of completion) from another institution. Please forward these documents to for review.

CITI offers Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Courses in various disciplines including Biomedical Sciences,  Engineering,  Humanities, Physical Sciences, Social, Behavioral, and Education. While useful to inform on the aspects of RCR, these courses do not provide info the IRB requires to fully inform investigators of the ethics and procedures of conducting human subjects research. These RCR modules cannot be substituted for the below training courses. Please be sure to register for the appropriate training module.

Questions or issues regarding training? Click this link: Research compliance feedback and reporting research concerns.


CITI Program Human Subjects Use Training


 First step:

  • Using your UMBC login credentials, click on the University of Maryland, Baltimore County Single Sign On (SSO) login link on the CITI Program’s website.  
  • Persons with a current CITI login will be directed to their current CITI course list.
  • If you do not have a current CITI login, you will see this screen. Click on the appropriate link and follow the below instructions
  • Click on Register link in top right.
  • Set up an account for yourself – in “Select Your Organization Affiliation” section, make sure to select “University of Maryland, Baltimore County” by typing it in box. Then follow the rest of the instructions to create your account.
  • When asked “Which courses do you plan to take”…
  • Scroll to “Question #1” and under “Human Subjects Courses” choose one of the following…

-Researchers conducting less than minimal risk research (participant contact, exempt research)

-Social/Behavioral Research Course (participant contact, expedited/full board research)

-Research with pre-existing data, records data or laboratory specimen (use of secondary, pre-collected data)

Information Privacy and Security (context of using HIPAA, data and device security and the use of FERPA data from K-12 sources in research)

-GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research – Basic Course  (provides fundamental knowledge of clinical trial quality standards for designing, conducting, recording and reporting trials that involve human research participants)

  • Once courses selected, click “Submit”
  • Then complete the courses
  • The ORPC will be electronically notified of your training completion. Your instructor/supervisor, though, may require evidence of training completion. Contact the ORPC for details.

Your CITI training record is automatically fed into the Kuali IRB protocol record 

Instructions for Non-UMBC affiliated users involved in human subjects research 

Key research team members (e.g., co-principal investigators) from other institutions who are engaged” in a UMBC IRB approved protocols must have a record of current human subjects protection training and recorded in the Kuali IRB protocol record. The IRB prefers members of the research team complete appropriate CITI training modules. Persons who have completed CITI training at another institution should affiliate their CITI account with UMBC. After affiliating with UMBC, CITI will ask you to complete any modules required by UMBC that may not have been required by the current research team member’s institution.  Review CITI’s guidance on how to add/change your affiliated institution or transfer completions for more information.

Additional Training Opportunities

UMBC’s Office of Research Protections and Compliance provides a wide variety of training.  ORPC has presented to departments, labs and administrative groups on campus.  We would be more than happy to meet with you or your unit.  Please feel free to contact us at

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