Training, Education and Outreach

One of the responsibilities of the Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) is to provide training, education, and outreach to members of the University community who engage in human subject research.  The HRPO uses a multi-faceted approach to training, education, and outreach.  Activities can take many forms and be provided in a number of venues, from developing on-line resources and electronic newsletters, to formal customized classroom instruction, or one-on-one meetings with investigators. Activities include some of the following:

CITI Human Subjects Training (Required)

All UMASS Amherst human subject investigators (including faculty, staff and students) must complete an online training program called the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program. The required training modules are divided in two categories, Group 1 Biomedical research Investigators and Key Personnel; and Group 2 Social Behavioral and Education Research Investigators and Key Personnel.  Please select the one that best corresponds to the nature of your research. The CITI program must be completed prior to submitting protocols to the IRB. For more information, please see:

PLEASE NOTE: All human subjects researchers at UMass are required to complete a CITI Training refresher every 5 years.   The refresher takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. If CITI training is expired (over 5 years) IRB submissions such as new studies, revisions, renewals will not be processed until the CITI refresher has been completed.  (Note: Those who were grandfathered in with other training such as the NIH or VA training, must now complete the CITI training.)”

IRB Essentials Series

IRB Essentials is a monthly series of scheduled interactive sessions with the HRPO staff covering a number of “hot topics.”  These one hour informal info/Q&A sessions are in a format that facilitates close dialogue between investigators and the HRPO staff.  The schedule and topics for IRB Essentials is published in advance and may be found on the HRPO website at
.  Sessions are held in the Research Administration Building Conference Room 104 at 70 Butterfield Terrace.  Registration can be completed on-line and is limited to 20 attendees.

One on One Consultation for Students Conducting Human Subject Research

The UMass Amherst Human Research Protection Office (HRPO) offers assistance for students navigating the Institutional Review Board (IRB) review process.  Whether you are conducting human subjects research as part of an honors project, thesis or dissertation project, or an independent study, the HRPO staff is here to help! For further information, please see:

Office of Human Research Protection (OHRP) Educational Videos (Optional)

OHRP has created educational videos on the Health & Human Services YouTube channel. The videos are accessible through the OHRP Playlist and include:

  1. General Informed Consent Requirements (Research Subject)
  2. General Informed Consent Requirements (Research Investigator)
  3. IRB Membership
  4. Research Use of Human Biological Specimens and Other Private Information
  5. Reviewing and Reporting Unanticipated Problems and Adverse Events