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Human Subjects Ethics Training

Human Subject Ethics Training in the Protection of Human Participants

The Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI)  course contains training modules for Biomedical and Social and Behavior Science research. The CITI training program provides training in the following:

  • Financial Conflict of Interest (FCOI/COI) 
  • IRB (Human Subjects)
  • IACUC (Animal Subjects)

The IRB application cannot be approved without all investigators completing the CITI Human Subjects Training for the appropriate group and uploading the certificates in the online IRB application.

Investigators (administration, faculty, staff, and students) must complete is either Group 1 or Group 2 CITI. Do NOT complete the Students in Research Module or the Responsible Conduct of Research Module as these are NOT mandatory training modules required by the IRB with the submission of your application.

CSUSB CITI users will be able to access the CITI training website through their MyCoyote user ID and password. Unaffiliated campus members will still be able to access the system through the CITI training website noted below under "Collaborators".

CITI Single-Sign-On (SSO)

How to Register and Complete CITI Human Subjects Training for CSUSB members

Choose From One of The Required Training Modules Below:

(Follow the instructions carefully in order to not delay the processing of your IRB application).

Group 1 - Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Those in the medical sciences, such as Biology, Chemistry and Nursing should complete this module.

Group 2 - Social Behavioral Research Investigators and Key Personnel: Those in the social sciences, such as Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology should complete this module.

The NIH Financial Conflict of Interest Training and Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training is also available on the CITI training site.

The above listed research modules (Learning Groups) are the only human subjects training courses required to comply with the Mandatory Training Policy. There is a small test at the end of each module consisting of 5 to 10 questions. A passing score is 100%, but you can retake the test as many times as you require. The module simply scrambles the order of the questions to ensure you are paying attention. Failure to complete the training by any investigator on an IRB application will not have their IRB application reviewed.


Any collaborators on research projects submitted to the CSUSB IRB needs to have CITI training or an equivalent completed and certificates of completion submitted with IRB applications. If a collaborator does not have CITI training or equivalent, they should follow the following steps to complete CITI training: