Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Training

The University of Minnesota provides online training courses to comply with HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996) regulations. Although the University’s data privacy and security training courses fulfill the training requirement contained within the HIPAA rule, they also provide the entire University community, including those who do not work with protected health information covered by HIPAA, with information about securing private University data.

The training program consists of two courses that University employees, students, and volunteers complete online.

To be considered compliant with the University’s HIPAA Training requirement, individuals in HIPAA-covered areas of the University with a start date after April 12, 2016 must complete these courses:

  • (HIPAA16) HIPAA Training; and

  • (PJPD16) University Information Security Awareness Training. 

Employees with a start date before April 12, 2016 must complete (HIPAA16) HIPAA Training, but do not need to take (PJPD16) University Information Security Awareness if they previously completed the old security awareness training courses (HI5100, HI5200, and HI5300).

Students who completed the older versions of the courses do not need to take the newer versions unless they are in a program that requires them.

Individuals who are assigned training receive an email notification containing details about accessing the training in ULearn. 

Live Training

In addition to the required online training, Health Information Privacy & Compliance Office staff members are available to provide live training to your department. This is an excellent option if you feel your group could use a HIPAA refresher or if you need a speaker for a regularly scheduled staff meeting. Please contact us to schedule a speaker.

How to Access Training

Assigned courses are available for completion through ULearn. See the Training Instructions page for step-by-step instructions.

A link to download the PowerPoint slides without video or narration is located on the right hand side of this page.  These slides are intended to be used for your reference and should not be used as a substitute for completing the training in ULearn. You will not receive credit for completing HIPAA Training unless the course is completed in ULearn.

Questions About Training

Privacy Coordinators with questions about proxy enrolling in ULearn can look to these job aids to see if their question is answered in one of the guides created by the Office of Information Technology.

Trainees can get many questions about training answered by contacting Technology Help. Questions that are appropriate to ask Technology Help about include:

  • Why am I required to take these training courses?
  • Where can I find the training courses?
  • I'm having trouble accessing the training - what do I do?
  • Where can I see the training courses assigned to me?
  • Where is the record showing the training courses I completed?
  • Why doesn't the training record show I have completed my courses?
  • I'm having trouble with ULearn - what do I do?