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Citi Program 


California State University, Fresno has joined the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program to provide comprehensive research ethics education and training to all faculty, students, staff, and administrators. 

Fresno State utilizes CITI Program to fulfill federal requirements for Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), Human Subjects Research (HSR), as well as Conflicts of Interest (COI) training requirements outlined by Public Health Service (PHS) funding agencies.

CITI Login:

Training Resources:

CITI Program Registration Procedure (PDF)

CITI Program Conflicts of Interest (COI) Training Instructions (PDF)

CITI Program Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Training Instructions (PDF)

CITI Human Subjects Research (HSR) Training Instructions (PDF)

CITI Animal Care and Use (ACU) Training Instructions (PDF)

CITI Export Compliance (EC) Training Instructions (PDF)

Available Training:

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) require certain categories of researchers to receive RCR training. RCR is increasingly viewed as an essential component of training, regardless of a researcher’s source of funding.

This course provides an in-depth review of the core RCR topics including authorship, collaborative research, conflicts of interest, human subjects, and research misconduct. Case studies and video examples are used to supplement key concepts. 

Language Availability: English, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese

Suggested Audiences: Faculty, Postdoctoral Researchers, Principal Investigators, Staff, Students

Human Subjects Research (HSR) basic content is organized into two courses: Biomedical (Biomed) and Social-Behavioral-Educational (SBE). They are intended for anyone involved in research studies with human subjects, or who have responsibilities for setting policies and procedures with respect to such research, including Institutional Review Boards (IRBs). Additional modules of interest within HSR allow for exploration of several important topics and may be selected to meet organizational needs.  HSR also includes additional standalone courses for institutional/signatory officials, IRB chairs, and public health researchers.

Many authors in the field contributed to these courses and they have been peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English, French, Khmer, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tamil, Vietnamese

Suggested Audiences: Researchers, Research Team Members, Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Institutional/Signatory Officials, IRB Chairs, IRB Administrators and Staff, Human Subject Protection Staff, Students

The ACU courses are designed to meet U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requirements for basic training in the humane care and use of animals.

The courses are intended to help investigators and Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) members work more productively. Additional courses are available for IACUC chairs, IACUC community members, and institutional officials (IOs), as well as individuals seeking training on post-procedure care and post-approval monitoring or wildlife research. Courses on working with specific animal types are also included.

These courses were written by multiple authors and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: IACUC Members, Animal Workers and Staff, IACUC Chairs, IACUC Community Members, Institutional Officials, Investigators, Research Assistants, Students

The COI Basic course is designed to satisfy training requirements associated with the U.S. Public Health Service (PHS) regulations on financial conflicts of interest. There is also a COI Refresher course that offers retraining on key concepts and rules relating to these regulations. These courses are intended for investigators who receive funding from a PHS agency, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH), or who are required by their organization to be familiar with the PHS financial conflicts of interest regulations.

Organizations may want to customize these courses with institutional-specific details. Contact us to discuss organization-specific modules for the basic and refresher courses.

These courses were written by multiple authors and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Investigators Involved in PHS-Funded Research, Investigators Needing a Familiarity with PHS FCOI Regulations, Research Assistants

Augmented penalties, audits, and required breach notifications under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act's amendments to HIPAA have raised the stakes for healthcare organizations' compliance. IPS is designed to help ensure HIPAA compliance, quality assurance, and risk reduction.

IPS consists of three courses on Health Privacy (focusing on HIPAA), Information Security, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which can be utilized based on organizational needs. Each course includes content for individuals who only need basic information, as well as content tailored to specific roles, applications, devices, and settings. It is suitable for anyone who works with individually identifiable health data (HIPAA-defined "PHI"), or FERPA-covered educational records and data, or has responsibilities for setting policies and procedures with respect to these types data.

The Health Privacy and Information Security courses were authored by Reid Cushman, PhD, of CITI Program and peer-reviewed by experts.

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) course was authored by Thomas W. Gold, PhD, of Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English, Korean

Suggested Audiences: Teachers, Educators, IRB Administrators, Administrators, IRB Members, Individuals Working with Identifiable Health Data (HIPAA-defined “PHI”), Researchers, Instructors, Students

Good Clinical Practice (GCP) includes four basic courses tailored to the different types of clinical research. Three of the courses also include corresponding refresher courses. CITI Program offers several GCP courses that are acceptable GCP training for the new NIH policy released on 16 September 2016.

The following GCP ICH E6 Investigator Site Training courses also meet the Minimum Criteria for ICH GCP Investigator Site Personnel Training identified by TransCelerate BioPharma as necessary to enable mutual recognition of GCP training among trial sponsors and have been updated to include the ICH E6(R2) Addendum:

Basic Courses - English with ICH E6(R2) updates, Spanish, and Portuguese

  • GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Medical Devices (U.S. FDA Focus)
  • GCP for Clinical Trials with Investigational Drugs and Biologics (ICH Focus)

Refresher Courses - English with updates to include ICH E6(R2), Spanish, and Portuguese

  • GCP FDA Refresher
  • GCP ICH Refresher

GCP courses were written by multiple authors and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English, French, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Thai, Vietnamese

Suggested Audiences: IRB Members, Clinical Research Coordinators, Clinical Research Organizations (CROs), Researchers, Investigators, Key Study Personnel, Principal Investigators, Research Nurses, Research Staff, Sponsors, Study Coordinators

EC provides comprehensive basic and refresher training on export compliance.

The basic course provides an introduction to export compliance, as well as information focused on export compliance as it relates to biosafety, operational departments, international shipping, purchasing, international and foreign waters, collaborations and U.S. sanctions programs, distance education, and technology. It is designed for use by investigators, members of the research team, key personnel across operational departments, and others who work with or may be responsible for federally controlled devices, materials, or technologies.

The refresher course serves as re-training for the basic course. It begins with a basic review of export compliance. Other modules in the EC Refresher course discuss export compliance issues and concepts that can be encountered in research activities in international and foreign waters, life sciences (biological) research, and common day-to-day business operations.

EC training has been updated to reflect the ITAR interim final rule (84 FR 70887) published by the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).

These courses were written and peer reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Investigators, Operational Personnel, Research Team Members, Researchers