Training helps to support successful research and compliance. Below we provide information on training regarding Human Subjects Research, Conflict of Interest (COI), Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and other Institutional Compliance Training (HIPAA, Training on Safety of Children, Biosafety, etc.).
CITI Training Instructions:
- Create a CITI account and affiliate with the Bloomberg School of Public Health to access and complete the BSPH's CITI courses using: CITI Training Instructions
- Note: you must complete the Basic Human Subjects Research course before being able to access any of the refresher courses.
Trainings for Bloomberg School Researchers
|BSPH Learner Groups||Training Courses Required|
|All BSPH faculty||myLearning: Conflict of Interest and Commitment (COI), based on institutional requirements.|
|All BSPH investigators, study staff, and students who have not previously completed CITI human subjects research ethics training||
CITI: BSPH Basic Human Subjects Research Course
|BSPH investigators, study staff, and students who previously completed CITI human subjects research training 5 years (or more) ago and need to renew certification||
CITI: BSPH Human Subjects Research Refresher Courses
|BSPH investigators, study staff, and students conducting clinical trials with drugs/devices||
MyLearning: Good Clinical Practice
CITI: Good Clinical Practice and ICH (GCP)
|BSPH investigators, study staff, and students conducting clinical trials for social/behavioral interventions||
CITI: GCP – Social and Behavioral Research Best Practices for Clinical Research
|BSPH investigators, study staff, and students who store or use human-derived tissues or bodily fluids (including human cell lines), recombinant DNA or synthetic nucleic acid molecules, potentially pathogenic organisms or infectious agents, or biological toxins.||
JHM Biosafety Training: Registration and training requirements are available at:
|BSPH faculty, students, and staff who interact through a Hopkins research project with youth.||myLearning: Training on the Safety of Children in University Programs (in accordance with) University Policy|
|BSPH local data collectors||BSPH Field Guides: BSPH Human Subjects Research Ethics Field Training Guide|
|Non-BSPH co-investigators who have not completed human subjects research ethics or GCP training elsewhere and need training to register in PHIRST||
CITI: BSPH Basic Human Subjects Research Course and/or GCP (standard or Social/Behavioral) using JHSPH CITI institutional account (Go to CITI to take courses)
Training for Non-JHSPH Investigators and Study Team Members
|BSPH investigators, study staff, and students using Protected Health Information (PHI) in Research, HIPAA||
CITI: HIPAA: Health Privacy Issues for Researchers
BSPH investigators, study staff, and students conducting research on Native American reservations.
CITI: Native American Research
|BSPH investigators, study staff, and students involved with animal research||
CITI: Working with the IACUC
Field Training Guides for Data Collectors
BSPH investigators often hire local people to collect data for their research. These individuals are "engaged" in human subjects research as they interact with participants and often are also obtaining informed consent. Depending upon level of education, language, and web access, online training may not be appropriate as a training mechanism for data collectors. The Field Guides below provide the basic information data collectors require and are intended for in-person training.
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) for Social and Behavioral Research Field Guide
BSPH Human Subjects Research Ethics Field Training Guide
Ethics Training for non-BSPH/JHU Investigators and Study Team Members
The BSPH IRB accepts human subjects research ethics, HIPAA, and GCP training certificates from JHU investigators and study team members from other JHU Divisions, so long as they are current and compliant with divisional requirements.
Ethics Training for Non-JHU Investigator and Study Team Members
In general, the BSPH IRB will accept certification of completion of human subjects research ethics training, HIPAA training, and GCP training from sources other than CITI and JHU MyLearning for non-Hopkins investigators and study team members. Training certification provided by the non-JHU investigator's home institution is accepted. For international studies, you may use the Family Health International (FHI) “Research Ethics Training Curriculum, 2/e", which uses a case-study approach. The U.S. National Institutes of Health offers human subjects research, GCP, and other trainings that are acceptable.