TTUHSC Research

Research Integrity Office

Education Requirements

All Principal Investigators, all Co-Investigators, and all research staff are required to receive training regarding the protection of human research subjects prior to beginning any human research-related activities. This training will be verified prior to iRIS access being granted.

Required Training


Each person conducting or assisting in the conduct of a research project that involves human participants is first required to complete training on ethical and regulatory issues.

The course currently approved by TTUHSC is the web-based Course in the Protection of Human Research Subjects—Biomedical Investigator administered by the University of Miami through the Collaborative IRB Training Initiative (CITI).

CITI Instructions

To begin the on-line course, go the following web site: and select "Register for the Course." After selecting Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center as your institution, you will be directed to select a Username and Password. On the CITI registration page you will need to select "Biomedical Investigator Course Only"; you will then have access to the required modules.


Course Completion
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be able to download a course transcript. TTUHSC is also notified of your successful completion of the course. You will be required to achieve an overall score of at least 80% to successfully complete the course.


 As of August 31, 2013, training regarding financial conflicts of interest in research will be required of all investigators and coordinators involved in non-exempt human research. After August 31, 2013, the TTUHSC IRBs will not give final approval for initial reviews until all investigators and coordinators have completed the training.

TTUHSC is also using CITI COI modules for this training. Instructions for completing the training can be found at -

Renewal Training

All investigators and research staff are required to renew their education training on the protection of human research subjects at least once every 3 years.  The ability to submit new projects or continuing reviews of ongoing projects may be limited if more than 3 years elapse between completion of the course.  Renewal training is identical to the initial CITI course.  

Suggested Training

Research Integrity Office staff at each TTUHSC campus are available to provide individual or group training regarding specific issues related to submission and review of research projects that involve human subjects.   These training sessions can be tailored to the needs of the individual or group with regard to both the time involved and the content presented.  Please contact your local IRB Administrator to discuss your training needs.  

For more information on CITI Training, you can visit this link.

Contact Information

For training-related questions, please contact Virginia Smith at (806) 743-2991 or by email at

You may also contact your local IRB Office:

  • Amarillo (806) 354-5419
  • El Paso (915) 215-4162
  • Lubbock/Odessa (806) 743-4753