Human Research Protection Program

Human Research Education

Effective October 1, 2014 ā€“ All personnel listed on a human subjects research study will be required to have current CITI certification before a submission will be accepted for review by the IRB.


As outlined in our Education Policy sound understanding and working knowledge of the relevant ethical principles, legal and regulatory requirements, professional standards, and University policies, procedures and guidance, is needed by all individuals involved in the design and/or conduct of human research conducted or supported by Purdue University. Additionally these individuals are also obligated to stay current with evolving issues related to the conduct of human research and the protection individuals who choose to participate in such research.

To ensure that research personnel receive and maintain the training and education necessary to fulfill their obligations in the research enterprise, the Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) offers a combination of required and supplemental training options.

Required Training

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

All individuals engaged in human subjects research are required to successfully complete a self-paced web-based training program, the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Research Protections Training Course. This training covers core concepts for the responsible conduct of research involving human subjects and guide users through the major principles for conducting research in a way that is consistent with federal and University requirements and with accepted scientific standards. Purdue University requires all individuals involved in the conduct of human subjects research to complete basic level (initial) human subject protections training (CITI) and to recertify every 5 years.

Supplemental Training

Additionally the HRPP is developing a variety of supplemental training opportunities as part of its ongoing efforts to provide comprehensive resources that address the needs of all investigators ā€“ social-behavioral researchers as well as biomedical researchers; principal investigators as well as undergraduate research assistants and all roles in between.

These supplemental trainings are comprised of both tutorials specific to human subjects research and other research-related trainings. We will be posting and announcing new content as it becomes available. We welcome suggestions from the Purdue research community on topics of interest.

It is important to note that any training opportunities offered beyond the required CITI training are meant to provide relevant information to Purdueā€™s research community through various venues and methods as well as explore specific topics in greater depth. While the HRPP may provide training recommendations, these additional trainings are not required. However requirements that utilize these or other trainings may be set forth by sponsors/funding agencies, instructors, faculty advisors, department heads/chairs, center directors, administrators or other Purdue leadership.