DePaul University Research Services > Research Protections > Institutional Review Board (IRB) > Training > Initial Basic Education & Basic Course
DePaul University joined the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI), which is now the default for satisfying the basic educational requirements at DePaul. CITI is a web-based program that contains educational modules relating to human subjects research and other research-related training. The educational content is prepared by experts in their fields.
CITI contains modules on topics including ethical principles, IRB regulations, informed consent, and vulnerable populations. Each module has a short quiz at the end to assess understanding of the material presented. An overall passing score of 80% (average of all quizzes) must be obtained in order to obtain credit for completion of the training. As the majority of the research at DePaul University is Social, Behavioral, or Education related, the basic courses that are required for DePaul researchers include Social, Behavioral, or Education (SBE) modules. If your research includes elements of biomedical or health research or other protocol-specific aspects, such as research involving data and specimens or health information protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), additional optional educational modules may be taken, but are not required.
DePaul has two levels of training that should be completed. You must complete the level of training that is appropriate to your status at DePaul University and your role in the human subject protections program at DePaul. The amount of time required to complete the training will vary based upon the level of training required for your status and the amount of additional reading (available via hyper-links to regulations, guidance, etc.) completed while reviewing the information in each educational module. The estimated time to complete the courses ranges from 3-6 hours.