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Research Resources

Facilities and Other Resources Text

The information provided here is sample text to be used with the investigator’s discretion. It is strongly advised that investigators tailor this text for each individual proposal by selecting the language that’s most relevant to the current application and editing or expanding where appropriate (e.g. adding department, center, or lab-specific resources as necessary).

The DSPH Research Office will update this information as needed. The latest updates were made on 3/27/19.

Download The Sample Facilities and Other Resources Text [docx]

IRB Information and Resources

Transition to eIRB

On July 1, 2017, Drexel IRB transitioned to COEUS eIRB for the submission of any IRB related documents requiring IRB review. The IRB no longer accepts email submission of documents and all documents must be submitted through COEUS using the eIRB module.

In order to access the IRB module in COEUS, researchers must first submit an eIRB access form (doc) signed by their department chair and attend training offered by the IRB on system functionality. COEUS eIRB training is offered on a monthly basis and can be accessed in Career Pathway via DrexelOne by searching for “IRB.” In addition, Drexel’s Human Research Protection (HRP) Office is willing to hold individual COEUS eIRB training sessions as necessary. Please contact Adam Fuhrer ( to coordinate.

Download eIRB access form (doc)

A guide is available as a supplemental resource on how the COEUS eIRB system functions as well as a quick guide on how to submit amendments using the COEUS system.

Download guide on COEUS eIRB system (pdf)
Download quick guide on submitting amendments (pdf)

Please note that reviewing the manual does not replace the need for training. In addition to training on COEUS functionality, all personnel involved in human research must take CITI training.

Drexel's CITI training website

Student Training

Graduate students working on an Independent Learning Experience (ILE) are required to receive training on human subjects research prior to commencing work on the project. This training supplements the online CITI training. Training is held in the fall of each academic year and a recording of the session is available and will be posted here.

If a student will be submitting their research protocol to the IRB, COEUS eIRB training is also required in order to access the system (see above). For reference, Drexel HRP Office has developed a student investigator manual to help guide students through the protocol process.

Download student investigator manual (doc)

Protection of Human Subjects: Transition from Common Rule to Final Rule

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and fifteen other Federal Departments and Agencies have issued final revisions to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (the Common Rule). The Final Rule was published in the Federal Register on January 19, 2017. It implements new steps to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators.

PRIMER (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) published a quick reference guide (pdf) highlighting the most significant changes in the Final rule.

Download PRIMER quick reference guide (pdf)

Drexel’s Human Research Protection office has prepared the following information for investigators in preparation for the transition from the Common Rule to the Final Rule:

  • The IRB will not accept NEW submissions (full, expedited, exempt) after 11/24/17. This will permit the IRB members to complete all reviews under the Common Rule prior to the compliance date of 1/18/18.  

  • The IRB will make sure everything submitted prior to 11/24/17 is reviewed and approved prior to the January compliance date.

  • Case Reports and Preparatory to Research will be evaluated on a case-to-case basis. 

  • IF submitting a NEW protocol for review after November 24, 2017, plan to write the consent and protocol per the new Final Rule, as it will be reviewed under the Final Rule regulations and requirements and must use new consent templates below.

  • Continuing Reviews with an expiration date before January 18, 2018 and any protocol modifications will be reviewed as normal. Although you are not required to submit these continuing reviews or modifications prior to 11/24/17, submitting them as soon as possible is highly recommended.

  • Previously approved protocols under the Common Rule will transition from the Common Rule to the Final Rule during their first Continuing Review after January 18, 2018.

  • Protocols expiring after Jan 18, 2018 need to be submitted for a Continuing Review as scheduled. Those that originally received expedited review or that transition to data-analysis only, will, under the Final Rule, not require any additional continuing reviews after the first post 1/18/18 review. Each protocol will receive an official notice sent to the PI Indicting that continuing review is no longer needed.

Data Storage Workshop

On October 17, 2017, the DSPH Research Office hosted a Research Data Storage Workshop for faculty, including presentations on DSPH resources and processes, DU Information Security, REDCap, URCF Proteus (high performance computing cluster), and data repositories (such as ICPSR) 

View recording of Data Storage Workshop

GIS Resources at Drexel University

ESRI Products included with Drexel’s site license

ArcGIS 10.x: The leading GIS authoring, editing, and geoprocessing application that allow you to create maps, edit and manage spatial data, and perform the full spectrum of analyses needed to turn raw data into valuable information. 

ArcGIS Pro: A new 64-bit application with a contextual interface that allows faster data processing, designing and editing in 2D and 3D, and temporal analysis of spatial data. 

ArcGIS Online: A complete cloud-based mapping platform. Community Analyst Online:  A web-based tool with demographic and business data visualized in map format. 

Business Analyst Online: A web-based tool with demographic and business data visualized in map format that can be used to perform market analysis

To gain access to ArcGIS or ArcGISPro desktop software: 

Dornsife School of Public Health faculty and staff: Contact Larry Win at

Students: ArcGIS licenses are available upon request by a faculty member: More information

Other Drexel affiliates: Contact the IT Help Desk at 215-895-2020 or email

For access to ArcGIS online, Business Analyst Online and Community Analyst online: email

Also available: Drexel University Library Guide to Geographic Information Systems

Drexel GIS Users Group: To join the Users Group ListServ contact Steve Melly at  

GIS Office Hours at the Dornsife School of Public Health

Steve Melly, GIS Analyst for Drexel's Urban Health Collaborative, offers weekly office hours on Wednesdays from 1:30 – 3:30 pm at 3600 Market Street, Room 704, or at Nesbitt Hall (3215 Market St.) by appointment. Stop by with your questions about software, spatial data, and making maps. Take advantage of this opportunity to incorporate a geographic dimension in your work. Please contact Steve Melly with any questions.

PHMC’s Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Health Survey Data

The Dornsife School of Public Health has a membership agreement with Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) that includes access to their Community Health Database. At the Dornsife School of Public Health, this data is stored on a secured shared drive.

Faculty, students, and staff: to access this data email Amy Confair, MPH

The database includes the Southeastern Pennsylvania Household Survey - a large survey of the region’s health, focused on the health status and health care experiences of adults and children living in Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery counties. Interviews are conducted in over 10,000 households targeting key information about health status, personal health behaviors, and access to, utilization of, and quality of area health services.

Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center Consortium

The NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (SKCC) Consortium is comprised of Thomas Jefferson University (the parent institution), Drexel University, and the Lankenau Institute for Medical Research. Through the consortium, Drexel University faculty members have access to bioimaging, cancer genomics, flow cytometry, informatics, translational research/pathology, x-ray crystallography and molecular characterization facilities at a reduced rate. A collaborative research agenda between the consortium institutions is also supported through integrated program meetings, seminars and symposia, networking activities, use of shared resources, and capacity building for research activities among the three institutions.