MPH Capstone Students
All student-initiated (JHSPH IRB Policy NO. 103.02_Student Investigators) projects must be submitted to the IRB for a determination as to whether they qualify as “Not Research” (NR), “Not Human Subjects Research” (NHSR), “Human Subjects Research” (HSR) Exempt from IRB Review, or HSR requiring IRB review. Students may use the IRB Worksheet or the IRB guidance flowchart to give them some idea as to what that determination is likely to be, but the determination itself must be made by the IRB. The IRB office will provide the student documentation of its determination or advise the student if the submission of a new PHIRST application is required. (Student Launch Pad)
The “IRB Office Determination Request forms” may be used for all student- or post-doc initiated projects when they may be useful to have the IRB’s preliminary opinion on whether a project requires a PHIRST submission and IRB review. Regardless of whether IRB review is required, all students should apply ethical principles in their interactions with human participants and/or their data. Specific timelines for submission are provided for MPH students in both forms.
To Get Started:
- Review the MPH Capstone Calendar on the MPH website
- Complete the IRB Worksheet
- If the worksheet indicates that you are using secondary data for analysis, complete the IRB Office Determination Request Form: Secondary Data Analysis from the IRB Office and submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org. The IRB Office will review the form and let you know whether or not you must submit a PHIRST application for the research project.
- If the worksheet indicates that you are collecting primary data, complete the IRB Office Determination Request Form: Primary Data Collection and submit it to email@example.com. The IRB Office will review the form and make a determination as to whether or not your project requires IRB review.