If you would like to propose a research study that involves data, staff, programs, or clients of the Department of Public Health, you will need approval from the Health Commissioner’s Office (HCO) Review Committee.
The Committee ensures that the Department of Public Health is an active partner in your research and knows about your findings. All research must support the department’s mission to protect and promote the health of Philadelphians.
Once your work is complete, you will also need approval from the HCO Review Committee if you choose to publish your research or present it at a conference.
You will need approval from the HCO Review Committee if you are:
- Proposing a study or public health analysis that involves data, staff, programs, or clients of the Department of Public Health.
- Submitting a manuscript for publication based on your research through the Department of Public Health.
- Submitting a conference abstract based on your research through the Department of Public Health.
If you want to use human subjects for your research, you will also need approval from the Institutional Review Board.
You must turn in your proposal at least two weeks before beginning your research or submitting it for publication or presentation.
Submissions must include:
- A completed HCO Review Committee submission form.
- An executive summary for research proposals or the completed manuscript or abstract for publications and presentations.
- Written approval from a Department of Public Health division director. Approval by email is sufficient.
Electronic submissions are preferred. You will be notified of a decision within two weeks.