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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 mission of the IRB Office is to ensure the protection of the safety, rights, and welfare of all human participants in research studies conducted by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health (JHSPH) faculty, staff, and students 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.

The major functions of the JHSPH IRB are as follows:

  • Review all human subjects research and other related activities carried on  by faculty, students, and employees of the School.
  • Identify, discuss, and resolve ethical issues associated with safeguarding the    rights and welfare of human subjects participating in research activities.
  • Develop policies and procedures to carry out the above responsibility.
  • Inform faculty, students, and staff of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of  Public Health concerning the policies and procedures relating to their  responsibility as researchers.

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. Send queries to


Contact Us

The IRB Office is working remotely.  Please send general questions to: and PHIRST questions to:

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


Public Health Institutional Review Submission and Tracking (PHIRST)