Human Subject Protection Training

Required Training for Researchers

Under the direction of the Office of the Vice Provost for Research, Northeastern University requires completion of training on the protection of human subjects and the ethical principles of research for all human subject research, regardless of whether or not investigators have received funding to support their project. This training is mandatory for all faculty, staff, and students who conduct/supervise research involving human subjects whether on campus or off-campus, whether funded or unfunded. Documentation of training must be on file with the Office of Human Subject Research Protection. HSRP will accept documentation of human subject protection training from other institutions.

Need to complete training?

If you have not yet completed some type of human subject protection training, Northeastern University now has an account with CITI Program. The Office of Human Subject Research Protection requires completion of the specific training module titled CITI Social & Behavioral Research Stage 1 Basic Course. All NU-affiliates can take this course at no charge.

Information about how to access and complete the CITI Social & Behavioral Research Stage 1 Basic Course follows below.

For new users:

  1. Go to the CITI Program website.
  2. Select the “Register” button located on the top right of the page to begin.
  3. Select Northeastern University from the drop-down menu titled “Select your institution or organization.”
  4. Please register using your NU email address and submit the remaining registration details.
  5. On the “Institutional Courses” page, select “View Courses.”
  6. On the following page, select “Add a Course.”
  7. On the “Select Curriculum” page, go to Question 4 Human Subjects Research and select the second button choice titled “Social & Behavioral Research Investigators.”
  8. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “submit” button.
  9. Complete the course as directed.
  10. Once completed, please forward a copy of your training certificate to Nan Regina, Director of HSRP at email: n.regina@northeastern.edu. The certificate can be sent as a screen shot or pdf.

For users with an existing CITI account:

  1. Go to the CITI Program website.
  2. Select the “Log In” button located on the top right of the page. Sign into your existing account and verify that your account reflects your Northeastern University affiliation.
  3. On the Institutional Courses” page, select “View Courses.”
  4. On the following page, select “Add a Course.”
  5. On the “Select Curriculum” page, go to Question 4 Human Subjects Research and select the second button choice titled “Social & Behavioral Research Investigators.”
  6. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click the “submit” button.
  7. Complete the course as directed.
  8. Once completed, please forward a copy of your training certificate to Nan Regina, Director of HSRP at email: n.regina@northeastern.edu. The certificate can be sent as a screen shot or pdf.