National CITI Human Subjects Training

About The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)

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The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) was founded in March 2000 as a collaboration between the University of Miami and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center to develop a web based training program in human research subjects protections. In response to the June 2000 education policy announcement, the collaboration was expanded to include content experts from 10 institutions who provided the content for the first 12 biomedical modules. In addition to the “Basic” content, the CITI model provides the opportunity for institutions to post additional instructional materials specific to their institution. The first version of the CITI Course in The Protection of Human Research Subjects, hosted at the University of Miami, was rolled out to the participants on September 3, 2000. In December 2000, the CITI Course site was made available to institutions by subscription.

In Spring 2004, the CITI Program was migrated to a new software platform developed at the VA by Mike Fallon, DVM, PhD, and Stephanie Manuel, MSME. subsequent upgrades in hardware and software were made in 2007 and 2009 to permit the program to broaden it’s scope and to expand the courses offered to our participating institutions and organizations around the world.

The CITI Program, co-founded by Karen Hansen and Paul Braunschweiger Ph.D, is now on it’s 10th iteration and includes:

  • Basic Courses in the Protection of Human Research Subjects.
    • Biomedical Focus
    • Social and Behavioral Focus.
    • Refresher Courses
  • Good Clinical Practice Courses.
    • Good Clinical Practice Course Drugs and Devices (FDA-Focused)
    • Good Clinical Practice Course for Clinical Trials Involving Drugs (ICH-Focused)
    • Good Clinical Practice Course for Clinical Trials Involving Devices
  • Health Information Privacy and Security Course (HIPS) including HITECH
  • Laboratory Animal Research Courses For Investigators and IACUC Members
    • Animal Model Specific Courses.
  • Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) Courses.
    • Biomedical Research Focus
    • Social, Education, Behavioral Research Focus
    • Physical Sciences Research Focus
    • Scholarly Activities in The Humanities Focus
    • RCR for Engineers
    • RCR for Science Administrators
  • Bio-Safety and Bio-Security

A multi-language course site, with materials in Spanish, Portuguese, French, Chinese, Thai, Japanese and Russian languages is now available for our international participants.   Additional Non-English content is being added every year.

As of May 2010, the CITI Program is used by over 1130 participating institutions and facilities from around the world.  Over 1,300,000 people have registered and completed a CITI course since September 2000 and now more than 35,000 new learners complete a CITI Program course every month.. The CITI Program could not remain dynamic and responsive to the needs of our participants without the unselfish efforts of the CITI Developers Group. The Group meets semi-annually to review the courses, make editorial changes and to develop new initiatives for the CITI Program. The CoFounders are provided guidance and advice from the CITI Executive Advisory Committee chaired by Ernest Prentice Ph.D.

Inquires about the CITI Program should be directed to the CITI Office at the University of Miami at 305 243-7970 or by email to



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