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CUMC Privacy and Security Training

Training for the current period is online at: Note that this is a different link than the one used last year, please login with your Columbia UNI and password to take the two required courses. All current Faculty, staff and students must complete the training courses ANNUALLY.
  • New faculty, staff and/or students MUST complete the training within 30 days AND before receiving access to any Information Systems at the medical center.
  • The expected completion date for the 2016 annual training was April 30, 2016.
  • Failure to complete training within the prescribed time period will result in loss of access to information systems such as Columbia email and clinical programs.  In addition, your department administrator, chair and dean will be notified that you have failed to complete the training.
Access that is revoked due to a missed deadline will be automatically restored in 2 business days once training is successfully completed.

If you experience issues using or completing the training please:
  1. Make sure you are using the correct link for training:
  2. Make sure you are using your Columbia UNI account and its password to log in. This is the same login you would use for programs such as My Columbia or Courseworks.
  3. If your web browser appears to stall or becomes unresponsive during training, try using an alternate browser (such as Chrome) as a quick work around:
    1. Rather than clicking a link to start the online training in your computer's default browser, open another browser from your computer's list of programs or apps.
    2. Manually type in or copy and paste the training link into the browser's address bar:
For technical assistance contact the Service Desk at extension 5-HELP (212-305-4357), option 5, or email Please be able to provide any specific error message(s) you may receive when using the online training.

General Training Information
Columbia University values the importance of openly communicating and sharing information, while promoting the safety and security of all students, faculty and staff. To protect sensitive data and computer systems while strengthening security awareness, the University offers Security Awareness Training.

The Columbia University HIPAA Covered Entity, which includes the Columbia University Medical Center, is governed by the HIPAA and HITECH regulations. As part of that governance, all members of the Covered Entity workforce must complete this training on an annual basis. Course content for 2016 has been updated to include current Privacy and Information Security regulations that govern Columbia, as well as additional information from related Columbia University policies. This training is comprised of two modules:

  • HIPAA Privacy
  • Security Essentials CUMC

To access the Security Awareness Training modules, go to: and log in with your Columbia UNI and password. For a complete list and description of each training module please see below.

Security Essentials CUMC

Security breaches are caused by the loss or theft of computers and devices, accidental sharing of information and social engineering. It is important that we understand the full impact of a breach to the University (e.g., fines and lawsuits, public embarrassment, loss of valuable assets). This training will help:

  • Define information security breaches, provide examples, explain their root cause and walk you through the steps to prevent them.
  • Explain how to safely use computing devices, create strong passwords and protect information when traveling or working remotely.
  • Explain how to use the CUMC Email system.
  • Explain common threats, such as social engineering, phishing and account compromises.

HIPAA Privacy

HIPAA applies to the employees, faculty and students within the covered entity of the University. This training module will define Electronic Protected Health Information and the Federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).

  • Training addresses private health information (PHI) and its impact on health care providers, as well as understanding of the 18 identifiers, time factors and formats in which private health information can be communicated.
  • Will help you gain a better comprehension of how the HIPAA Security rule addresses the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information in an electronic form.
  • Learn why Columbia is designated as a Hybrid Entity, and how that changes privacy rule requirements.
  • Learn why Columbia Medical Centers, New York Presbyterian Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical Center form an Organized Health Care Arrangement (OHCA), allowing them to share PHI with one another that have common patients.

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Last updated 12/02/2016