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Initial Basic Education & Basic Course

Initial Basic Education

DePaul University has 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. The CITI website is maintained by the University of Miami, with the educational content developed by a national consortium.

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 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 will not be 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.

Basic Course - Faculty/Staff/Outside Collaborators/Students

Required Modules

  1. Students in Research - SBE
  2. History & Ethical Principles - SBE
  3. Defining Research with Human Subjects - SBE
  4. The Federal Regulations - SBE
  5. Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences - SBE
  6. Informed Consent - SBE
  7. Privacy and Confidentiality - SBE
  8. Research with Prisoners - SBE
  9. Research with Children - SBE
  10. Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools - SBE
  11. International Research - SBE
  12. Internet Research - SBE
  13. Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects - SBE
  14. Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Social and Behavioral Research-SBE
  15. FERPA: An Introduction
  16. FERPA for Researchers
  17. DePaul University
Additional optional modules in areas of interest may be taken, but will not be required.

Basic Course - IRB Members and IRB Staff

Required Modules

  1. Students in Research - SBE 
  2. History & Ethical Principles - SBE
  3. Defining Research with Human Subjects - SBE
  4. The Federal Regulations - SBE
  5. Assessing Risk in Social and Behavioral Sciences - SBE
  6. Informed Consent - SBE
  7. Privacy and Confidentiality - SBE
  8. Research with Prisoners - SBE 
  9. Research with Children - SBE
  10. Research in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools - SBE
  11. International Research - SBE
  12. Internet Research - SBE 
  13. Unanticipated Problems and Reporting Requirements in Social and Behavioral Research
  14. Vulnerable Subjects - Research Involving Workers/Employees
  15. Conflicts of Interest in Research Involving Human Subjects
  16. The IRB Member Module - "What Every New IRB Member Needs to Know"
  17. External IRB Review
  18. Data and Safety Monitoring in Human Subjects Research
  19. Consent and Cultural Competence
  20. Research with Decisionally Impaired Subjects
  21. Research with Persons who are Socially or Economically Disadvantaged
  22. FERPA: An Introduction
  23. FERPA for Institutional Review Baords
  24. DePaul University
Additional optional modules may be taken but will not be required.

The CITI Refresher course does not qualify for initial training. Investigators must make sure to take the correct initial basic training course in order to have their education certified by the Office of Research Services.