Human Research Training Requirements

OHRA is pleased to offer Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Program as Harvard’s online human research training curriculum. Effective June 2010, our former training program, HETHR (Harvard Ethics Training in Human Research), will no longer be available.

If you are a new learner who needs to complete human research training for the first time please visit CITI.

Click here for instructions for CITI learners

For individuals who have an existing CITI account

If you have previously completed CITI through your affiliation with another Institution, you may continue to log in under this account information and complete CITI to satisfy Harvard’s human research training requirements. You will not be required to complete Harvard’s CITI curriculum. Of note, unless you update your CITI profile to designate Harvard [Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, or Harvard University (Cambridge/Allston campus)] as one of your affiliated institutions, you will need to provide the IRB with an electronic copy of your current CITI training certificate.

For individuals who do not have an existing CITI account

For individuals who are new to CITI, you must register as a “New User.” As part of the registration process, you will be asked to choose your affiliated institution or organization. Based on your primary appointment, choose one of the following: Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine; Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, or Harvard University (Cambridge/Allston campus). If you need to fulfill training requirements for more than one institution, you may affiliate with multiple institutions. Once registered, review the instructions page to learn how to designate your Learner group and start the curriculum.

In addition, OHRA grants three years of refresher training credit for attendance of three OHRA Education Series Sessions.

Who needs training?

Anyone working directly with human subjects, data, or specimens must fulfill human research training requirements every three years. All Principal Investigators (PIs), Co-Investigators, and those meeting the NIH definition of “Key Personnel” must complete training regardless of whether or not they have access to identifiable data/specimens or contact with subjects.


For questions about obtaining training certificates, aspects of the training program, registering with CITI, please contact Alexis Fagan at 617-432-2157.