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The tutorial is designed to:

  • Make the University community aware of its responsibilities when conducting research with human subjects;
  • Educate the University community in the ethical bases of the Federal and University regulations that govern these research activities;
  • Help the University community carry out its responsibilities and obligations under these regulations

Q: Who Needs to Take the Tutorial?

A: Anyone submitting an application to the NYU University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects (referred to as UCAIHS or the Committee) must complete this tutorial and pass the certification exam prior to review of the application. Applicants need to pass the exam once; subsequent applications to the UCAIHS do not require retesting.

Tutorial Overview

Each of the 18 chapters can be completed independently. To get the most out of a chapter, you should:

  1. Complete the case study (for certain chapters) to test your current understanding.
  2. Work through the content of the section, paying particular attention to the areas that address the gaps in your knowledge.
  3. Answer the chapter review questions to test your knowledge. Immediate feedback will be given to each answer — use this as an opportunity to review the content, especially if you were not sure of the answer.

Once you have completed all the chapters and feel comfortable with the material, take the exam. The certification exam consists of 20 primary questions and 20 secondary questions. The primary questions (worth 3 points) are always on the exam while the secondary questions (worth 2 points) are randomly selected each time you take the exam. You must receive a score of 80 (out of 100) to be certified.

New Human Subjects Training


NYU UCAIHS is transitioning to Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training modules for Human Subjects available at The human subjects tutorial exam currently available on our website will be taken down May 25th, 2015. After that date, all PIs, their Faculty Sponsors, and key personnel (or all individuals responsible for the design and conduct of the study) will be required to take and pass the NYU CITI training modules with an 80 or above as per our Federal assurance.

If you have already taken the training available on the UCAIHS website, you will not be required to take the CITI training.

If you have already taken the CITI training at another institution, you may check to confirm that what you have taken includes all the modules required by NYU. If so, you may add NYU to your profile.

Please contact the UCAIHS office with any questions about human subjects training:

Phone: (212) 998-4808


Human Subjects Tutorial (After May 25, 2015 - Information Only)
Certification Exam (Available until May 24, 2015)
CITI Training (Available now!)
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