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IRB Training and Education

In accordance with federal requirements and guidelines and Saint Louis University Institutional Review Board Standard Operating Procedures, education on the use of human subjects in research is mandatory at Saint Louis University.

All faculty, staff, students, and collaborating researchers who are involved in the use of human subjects in research must complete the course of instruction offered by the Collaborative Institutional Review Board Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Training at the web site given below or provide documentation of having completed a comparable human subjects research training course. 

Investigators taking the CITI training must complete all required modules, regardless of where the research is being conducted. Investigators who have completed a human subjects research training course other than CITI may provide a copy of their training certificate to the IRB office with their IRB application.  The SLU IRB will determine whether the non-CITI training course satisfies the mandatory education requirement. 

For CITI training, please register at the following site:

There is a course for biomedical research, a course for social/behavioral research, and a course for external collaborators (non-SLU collaborators who don't routinely do research, but are helping to conduct a particular study). Please complete at least one of the courses as it relates to you/your research.
  • Biomedical Research: Individuals who conduct any biomedical research should select this course during the registration process. You must satisfactorily complete all the quizzes in order to pass.
  • Social/Behavioral Research: Individuals who conduct only social/behavioral research should select this course during the registration process. You must satisfactorily complete all the quizzes in order to pass.
  • External Collaborator: This course is for non-SLU collaborators, such as community partners (not SLU faculty, staff or students), who are assisting on a SLU research project and have been instructed to take this course. Those who routinely partner on SLU research should select the Biomedical or Social/Behavioral Research basic courses instead of this course.

For additional CITI registration instructions, new members click here and existing members click here.  

Training Documentation: After you complete the online CITI course, you should print a completion report for your records. CITI will email the completion report to the SLU training coordinator so that the IRB will have a record of your training. Documentation of an approved educational program must be on file with the IRB office before research on human subjects may begin.

HIPAA Awareness Training

General HIPAA Awareness Training is available through the compliance office. If you have not yet completed the HIPAA General Education, please contact the Privacy Officer at 977-5545.

Research HIPAA Awareness training builds upon the information provided during the General HIPAA Education session and is included in the CITI Human Subject Protection training course.

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