Disaster Planning for the Research Enterprise (DPRE)

This course offers information about disaster planning and business continuity to those responsible for research oversight.

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About this Course

Disaster planning and business continuity are essential for any research organization, and required for organizations receiving National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding. Effective training on these topics helps organizations mitigate the risks of, prepare for, respond to, and recover from natural and human-made disasters.

This course educates individuals responsible for research oversight on disaster planning and business continuity. It is suitable for learners seeking a resource that provides comprehensive education on what it takes to develop and implement a disaster preparedness and business continuity plan for their research organization.

This course was written and peer-reviewed by experts.

Language Availability: English

Suggested Audiences: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees (IACUCs), Institutional Biosafety Committees (IBCs), Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Others Responsible for Research Oversight, Principal Investigators (PIs)

Organizational Subscription Price: $675 per year/per site for government and non-profit organizations; $750 per year/per site for for-profit organizations
Independent Learner Price: $165 per person

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Course Content

Disaster Planning for the Research Enterprise: Overview

Serves as an overview of disaster preparedness and business continuity planning for those overseeing research at their organization. Also included are potential disasters that may affect the research enterprise and effective strategies to mitigate their impact on organizational activities.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16693 (English)
Author(s): Roxanne R. Johnson, MSPH - Tulane University

Disaster Planning: Responsibilities of the Principal Investigator in Human Subjects Research

Intended to help PIs and research teams anticipate and identify issues that need to be considered in order to protect and sustain the research program after a disaster. It includes a discussion of the key problems encountered during a disaster, regulatory requirements surrounding disaster-related events, and informational resources to mitigate and plan for disasters.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16795 (English)
Author(s): Brian J. Weimer, JD - Tulane University; Susan M. Miller, MD, MPH - Houston Methodist Research Institute

Disaster Planning: Animal Care and Use Research

Presents disaster preparedness and business continuity planning for animal care and use programs. It includes the regulatory requirements and guidelines, and considerations for developing, implementing, and maintaining a disaster plan that meets the needs of an animal care and use program.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16750 (English)
Author(s): Susan Brust Silk, MS - Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare, NIH; Kathy Wadsworth, CPIA, CIP - CITI Program

Disaster Planning: Human Subjects Research

Provides guidance for human research protection program (HRPP) staff and operations, in the event of an emergency or disaster that impacts or potentially closes their organization. It provides training on issues to be considered in protecting human subjects as research participants and the integrity of the research enterprise with appropriate planning for business continuity.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16694 (English)
Author(s): Roxanne R. Johnson, MSPH - Tulane University

Disaster Planning: Data Security

Discusses how to anticipate and identify issues that must be considered in protecting the integrity of and access to data in the event of a disaster, whether that comes in the form of a natural disaster or intentional breaches in data security by humans.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16797 (English)
Author(s): Hunter Ely, CISSP, CFCE, GCIA, CRISC - Tulane University; Brian Weimer, JD - Tulane University

Disaster Planning: Biohazards, Valuable Biological Materials, and Select Agents

Discusses regulations pertinent to high-risk biohazardous agents and the requirement for an incident response plan when working with them. It includes the threats, risks, and vulnerabilities to an organization’s assets and biohazards, as well as a discussion on the various aspects of disaster planning including the range of stakeholders involved, the incident command system, and core elements of a written incident response plan.

Recommended Use: Required
ID (Language): 16796 (English)
Author(s): Benjamin Fontes, MPH, CBSP - Yale University


When should someone consider taking the DPRE course?

There is no uniform standard for how frequently DPRE training should occur. For a retraining (refresher) cycle, organizations and independent learners should designate the frequency of DPRE retraining. Unlike other CITI Program courses, there is no “refresher” version available at this time, but learners can retake the DPRE course or complete whatever subset of content their organization has selected for them.

How is DPRE structured?

DPRE consists of six modules that provide a highly informative review of disaster preparedness and business continuity. The modules contain detailed content, images, supplemental materials (such as, case studies), and a quiz. Learners may complete the modules at their own pace.

What topics does the DPRE course cover?

DPRE provides an overview of disaster preparedness and business continuity planning. It also discusses specific regulations and guidelines relevant to disaster preparedness and business continuity planning for animal care and use programs, human research protection programs (HRPPs), principal investigators in human subjects research, data security, and biohazards, valuable biological materials, and select agents.

What are the standard recommendations for DPRE learner groups?

CITI Program allows organizations to customize their learner groups, which means they can choose the modules their learners need to complete. We will work with your CITI Program designated administrator to determine the learner groups that best fit your organizational needs.

The standard recommendation for DPRE is to designate each module as required in a learner group. This helps to ensure a complete training for the learner. However, organizations may also elect to present certain modules as supplemental, particularly when the organizations provide specific training on the topics.

What are the advantages of CITI Program’s DPRE training?

DPRE was developed and reviewed by industry experts to provide organizations and individuals with a deep knowledge of disaster preparedness and business continuity. The authors and reviewers come from leading research organizations with direct experience in effective DPRE. Along with CITI Program's advantages, including our experience, customization options, cost effectiveness, and focus on organizational and learner needs, this makes it an excellent choice for DPRE training.