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Offices and Services

Institutional Review Board (IRB)

We review human subjects research applications for Bloomberg School faculty and students.

Office Overview

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health conducts human subjects research in the U.S. and in countries around the world. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) oversees two IRBs registered with the U.S. Office of Human Research Protections, IRB X and IRB FC, which meet weekly to review human subjects research applications for Bloomberg School faculty and students.

IRB X oversees research that qualifies as Public Health Surveillance, Exempt, as well as non-Exempt research eligible for expedited review. IRB FC oversees all research that poses greater than minimal risk to individuals and/or to groups.

IRB Office staff are available to assist faculty and students with operational and regulatory issues, and to help address concerns associated with individual research submissions.

The Vice Dean for Research oversees IRB operations and approves all IRB policies and guidance. Members and chairs who sit on the Bloomberg School IRBs are senior faculty members with experience working in the U.S. and internationally. These faculty work with IRB staff to develop submission templates, review materials, training tools, and guidance for conducting research. All policies, guidance, forms, and tools are posted for public access.

Contact Us

The IRB Office is working remotely.  Please send general questions to: jhsph.irboffice@jhu.edu and PHIRST questions to: jhsph.phirsthelp@jhu.edu

Office of the Institutional Review Board (IRB)
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
615 N. Wolfe Street, E1100
Baltimore, MD 21205

Email: JHSPH.irboffice@jhu.edu

Public Health Institutional Review Submission and Tracking (PHIRST)
Email: JHSPH.phirsthelp@jhu.edu