All researchers who propose or conduct research sponsored by the Department of Health and Human Services (NIH, CDC, HRSA) must complete training at least once every four years regarding conflicts of interest in research. USC offers online training on the requirements of federal regulations and USC policy, as well as on diSClose, USC’s online disclosure system. Currently, the initial training requirement is fulfilled by completing the CITI online USC Conflict of Interest training; then the subsequent refresher training, “HHS Conflict of Interest in Research”, must be completed in TrojanLearn. Effective immediately, TrojanLearn training can be completed for both the initial requirement and the refresher training. As of July 1, 2021, the CITI training will no longer be accepted and all trainings (initial and refresher) must be completed in TrojanLearn. This should simplify administration of this training and make it easier for our faculty. Directions on how to complete each type of training are below.
Initial Online COI Training (CITI)
The online COI Training course consists of three modules and is available online via the CITI Program: https://about.citiprogram.org. Two modules have been provided by CITI and explain the changes in the HHS revised regulation on conflict of interest and the new annual disclosure requirement. The third module is USC-specific and covers USC policy and the disclosure process here at USC. Completion of this course, and associated quizzes, fulfills the initial HHS training requirement.
To take the CITI COI course, first register and log on to CITI making sure to affiliate with USC. Then, click “View Courses” next to the “University of Southern California” (you may need to complete a small quiz about your training interests – Choose “Conflict of Interest” in Question 1. Questions 2 and 3 are optional). After, click on the “Start Now” button for the “Conflict of Interest” course. Then, click “Start” next to the required module(s) and review.
Online COI Refresher Training (TrojanLearn)
The USC HHS Conflict of Interest Training refresher course is approximately 25 minutes in duration. It is customized to USC’s policy, focusing on the most critical issues. The course is available online via TrojanLearn: http://trojanlearn.usc.edu/. CITI training does not satisfy the refresher requirement at USC as it is duplicative of your initial training and does not address the key refresher topics.
At the end of the class, you will be presented with a short quiz in which you need to score 80% or higher to obtain completion credit.
How Do I Launch the Course?
Point your browser to the TrojanLearn portal (http://trojanlearn.usc.edu/) and log in using your USC netID and password (popups must be enabled to launch the course).
Click on the “Office of Compliance” link on the right side of the page.
Click on the “Register Now” button next to the HHS CONFLICTS OF INTEREST TRAINING course title. The class will be added to your Transcript.
Click the “Launch” button to begin the course.
Note: Once you click “Launch”, the course may take 1-2 minutes to load. Please ensure that you have a stable internet connection prior to launching the course. If your internet gets disconnected, your progress may not be saved.
Contact Information For Technical Assistance:
TrojanLearn Help Desk