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 2/09/2021.
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 request access via a Qualtics access form. COEUS eIRB training is offered 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 Human Research Protection to coordinate.
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.
In addition to training on COEUS functionality, all personnel involved in human research must take CITI 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). The DSPH Research Office will coordinate a group training in the fall of each academic year. For reference, Drexel HRP Office has developed a student investigator manual to help guide students through the protocol process.
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 issued on January 19, 2017 with a final implementation and compliance date of January 21, 2019. It implements new steps to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. The revisions are not applicable to FDA and Department of Justice regulated research.
PRIMER (Public Responsibility in Medicine and Research) published a quick reference guide highlighting the most significant changes in the Final rule.
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)
GIS Resources at Drexel University
Esri products included with Drexel’s site license
ArcGIS Pro: ArcGIS Pro is the latest professional desktop GIS application from Esri. With ArcGISPro, you can explore, visualize, and analyze data; create 2D maps and 3D scenes; and share your work to your ArcGIS Online portal.
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 Online or ArcGISPro desktop software:
Dornsife School of Public Health faculty and staff: Contact Larry Win at firstname.lastname@example.org
Students: Contact the Drexel IT Desktop Support Team at 215-895-2020 or submit your request online.
Drexel GIS Users Group: To join the Users Group ListServ contact Steve Melly at email@example.com.
GIS Help at the Dornsife School of Public Health
Contact Steve Melly, GIS Analyst for Drexel’s Urban Health Collaborative, at firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment for GIS support.
For additional information about GIS and accessing ESRI software see the Drexel University Library Guide.
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 email@example.com.
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) and Drexel University. Through the consortium, Drexel University faculty members gain access to the SKCC Shared Resources, including Bioimaging, Flow Cytometry, Biostatistics, MetaOmics, Translational research/pathology, X-ray crystallography and molecular characterization facilities. A collaborative biomedical research agenda between the consortium institutions is also supported through integrated program meetings, symposia, participation in Grand Rounds, use of complementary shared resources, and teleconferencing for research activities between the institutions.