Information about HIPAA Training

HIPAA Training Requirements for Employees and Students

The University of Minnesota provides online training courses on proper handling of health information and information security. These training courses are required by the HIPAA (the Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act of 1996) regulations and the University Policy on Protected Health Information.

To be considered compliant with the University’s HIPAA Training requirement, all faculty, staff, students, and volunteers at the University of Minnesota who work in areas that have access to Protected Health Information, or who support areas that have access to this information. Everyone listed above must complete this training, even if they don't work directly with Protected Health Information. This is because these areas may have incidental contact with Protected Health Information, and because people in these areas may encounter HIPAA violations, and are required to know how to respond to these violations.

This training consists of two separate training courses that you may complete online: (HIPAA16) HIPAA Training; and(PJPD16) University Information Security Awareness Training.

All employeees must complete (HIPAA16) HIPAA Training. New students must complete (HIPAA16) HIPAA Training. Students who have completed older versions of the HIPAA training courses (HI5600) do not need to take the newer versions unless they are in a program that requires them.

New employees and students must complete (PJPD16) University Information Security Awareness Training. Employees and students with a start date before April 12, 2016 must complete either (PJPD16) University Information Security Awareness, or all of the older security awareness training courses (HI5100, HI5200, and HI5300).

Live HIPAA Training Sessions

The Health Information Privacy & Compliance Office can provide a live HIPAA training session to your department. Anyone who attends a live HIPAA training session will count as having completed HIPAA16. A live HIPAA training session 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 trainer.

Our office does not offer training sessions for University Information Security Awareness Training.

How to Access Training

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

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?