Training and Tools

If you are engaged in human subject research, all study personnel who interact with subjects, participate in an intervention with subjects, or who access information about subjects which could reasonably identify the subjects must complete required training. At Purdue, required training is administered through CITI.

The Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Research Protections Training Course is a self-paced web-based training program covering core ethical concepts and regulatory requirements. Purdue University requires all individuals engaged in the conduct of human subject research to have current CITI certification, which may be updated by a refresher course after 5 years.

Online CITI Training

The CITI Human Subjects Research Basic Course is required for all investigators and study personnel (i.e., Users) who have not previously completed a CITI human subjects research course.

At a minimum, Users must select and complete the curriculum (called Learner Groups) that corresponds with their role in the research. However, we strongly recommend all Users, regardless of their role or type of research conducted, choose to complete on of the following Learner Groups to fulfill their CITI certification requirement.

  • Biomedical Research for Investigators and Key Personnel Learner Group
  • Social Behavioral Research for Investigators and Key Personnel Learner Group

You do not need to complete the entire Course in one session. Re-enter as often as you like, using your username and password, to complete the training.

You must complete all required modules with a cumulative score of 80% or better to pass the course.

Additional Training Opportunities

The Human Research Protection Program offers regular campus trainings throughout the academic year. Please watch for specific opportunities in electronic publications like the Dimensions of Discovery, Purdue Today, or through posts on our website.

To schedule an appointment or group training, please email or call the HRPP office at 765-494-5942.

Researcher Guide

In addition to its Standard Operating Procedures, the Purdue HRPP provides guidance to researchers in the form of a researcher guide to clarify best practices and promote our shared goal to protect human participants in research. Please check back for more topics as they are added.

Researcher Responsibilities

Clarifies the expectations of a Principal investigator and all research personnel during the conduct of a research project with human subjects research.

Download Researcher Responsibilities Guide

Training and Education

Describes personnel types used by the HRPP/IRB and defines training expectations prior to conducting research with human subjects.

Download Training and Education Guide

Is your work Human Subjects Research?

Provides a step-by-step assessment that researchers may use to assess applicability ofthe definition of Human Subjects Research.

Download Human Subjects Research Determination Guide

Datasets Available to the Public

Describes parameters of IRB review when publically available datasets are utilized.

Download Publicly Available Datasets Guide


Guidance to provide researchers with information about the material an IRB must review related to recruitment for a proposed study involving human subjects research.

Download Recruitment Guide


Provides guidance on practices utilized when participants will be compensated for enrolling or completing a research study.

Download Compensation Guide

Deception and Debriefing

Provides information related to processes related to incomplete disclosure of research and proper practices associated with these studies.

Download Deception and Debriefing Guide

Tools for Protocol Development

How to Access Protocols in CoeusLite

The IRB no longer requires submission through the CoeusLite system. However, PIs or designated personnel can access protocol records in the system using these instructions.

How do I see my open IRB protocols?

Applications Proposing to Use Protected Health Information (PHI) for Research

Use this chart to determine what the IRB requires in an application prior to review or approval when Protected Health Information is involved in research.

Applications Proposing to Use Protected Health Information (PHI) for Research

Working with External Collaborators

This flowchart will help you determine the type of agreement required when non-Purdue researchers will serve as key personnel on an IRB protocol.

External Collaborator Sites Flowchart

Standardized Consent Form Language

Provides Researchers with standardized text for risks associated with common research procedures and techniques.

Standardized Consent Form Language

Guidance on Writing Consent Forms by Reading Level

An excerpt from the New England Journal of Medicine giving guidance on consent form language by readability level.

Examples of Informed-Consent Text

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