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Institutional Review Board


PHIRST (Public Health Institutional Review Submission and Tracking) is a web-based system used by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Institutional Review Board (JHSPH IRB) as a portal for all new human subjects research applications. Starting December 10, 2019, an upgraded PHIRST system (PHIRST 2.0) goes live.  The new version will enable the portal to handle not only new studies, but amendments, continuing review/progress reports and other reporting to the JHSPH IRB.

The PHIRST User Guide  for the original PHIRST system was developed specifically for investigators and study team members using the PHIRST system. This manual includes the following topics to get you started:

If you have any questions or problems with the PHIRST registration process or the information in the PHIRST User Guide, please contact the PHIRST Help Desk at

While we transition to PHIRST 2.0, these PHIRST FAQs my help you plan your study submissions.  Contact with your questions.