Training & Education

Saba Training System

The Michigan State University Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) is in the process of expanding training and education options through the Office of Regulatory Affairs (ORA) Saba training system. The first phase of implementation has been completed; IRB training records and modules have been transitioned to the Saba training system. For more information, please visit the HRPP announcement that describes the changes. In the second implementation phase, optional modules on specialized topics will be made available. If you have topic suggestions for optional modules, please email us at

Required Training

Principal investigators (PI) and any individual engaged in human research overseen by Michigan State University (MSU) must complete and maintain current Human Research Protection training prior to engaging in human subject research. For a description of the requirements, please visit the Required Training webpage.

Use of MSU IRB Training in MSU Courses or for RCR

MSU instructors may assign IRB training as a learning assignment within their MSU courses or as a component of Responsible Conduct of Research training. If MSU IRB training modules will be used for this purpose, we ask that the guidelines below are followed:

  1. MSU IRB training modules are available through the Saba training system and may be used for MSU teaching purposes (e.g. learning assignment within MSU courses, component of Responsible Conduct of Research training).
  2. However, we ask that instructors use the “Overview of Human Research Protection Requirements” course, not the “Human Research Protection (HRPP/IRB) Certification” within the Saba training system for teaching purposes. For instructions on how to register for the “Overview of Human Research Protection Requirements" course, visit the FAQ: What are the course registration instructions when MSU IRB training modules are used as part of a learning assignment?
  3. Some students who take MSU IRB training modules to satisfy an assignment may not plan to engage in human subject research and the HRPP/IRB Certification is intended for individuals who complete the training to satisfy the MSU IRB Required Training. We ask that students only register for the “HRPP/IRB Certification” if they plan to engage in human subject research.

While the CITI Program is no longer used for required MSU IRB training, MSU maintains a subscription to CITI and this resource is available to instructors.

Other Training Opportunities

The HRPP offers several training opportunities.

  • The HRPP staff are available to present and answer questions at College and Department sessions. Please send requests to to schedule a session.
  • The HRPP Compliance office offers Teaching Education and Compliance Help (TEACH) sessions for researchers, designed to provide a collaborative and educational session with investigators and their research team.
  • The Clinical Research Education Series and Training (CREST) are reoccurring meetings designed to be an opportunity for study coordinators, clinical research administrators and all people who provide clinical research support to share questions/concerns and obtain information from the HRPP. The next session is scheduled for Thursday, November 19, 2015 from 12:00 P.M. - 1:15 P.M.; location to be determined.