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Departmental Research Ethics Board

School of Occupational and Public Health

The Departmental Research Ethics Board (DREB) at the School of Occupational and Public Health evaluates all undergraduate projects associated with ENH 866: Research Project II  and ENH 66A/B: Field Project that involve human subjects. These projects must not be directly associated or linked to faculty research projects.

This evaluation ensures the protection of research participants, researchers, the university and the public.

Please note that research involving human subjects may not begin before approval from the DREB is obtained. Faculty must determine whether research must also be approved by the Ryerson Research Ethics Board (REB).

How to apply

NOTE: The initial review time is typically two to three weeks from the date of original submission.

Changes to proposal, procedure or documentation

If the DREB suggests changes to your project proposal, you must complete and resubmit these changes for evaluation prior to beginning your research.

You must submit any subsequent changes to either your procedure or your documentation to the DREB for evaluation.


The DREB will not approve projects that involve vulnerable populations.

The DREB will not approve projects that are deemed to pose more than minimal risk to the participants. In this context, the term "minimal risk" is defined as when the probability and magnitude of possible harms implied by participation in the research is no greater than those encountered by participants in those aspects of their everyday life that relate to the research.

Terms of reference
  1. The Departmental Research Ethics Board (DREB) of the School of Occupational & Public Health is an authorized sub-committee of the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board (REB), specifically tasked with reviewing and evaluating undergraduate student projects from within the School of Occupational and Public Health that propose to involve human participants.

  2. The DREB will report to the REB on a regular basis and all documents submitted to the DREB as part of applications will be made available to the REB.

  3. There will be representation from the DREB on the REB (normally the chair of the DREB).

  4. The DREB will consult with the chair of the REB when necessary.

  5. The chair of the REB will be given access to all proposals evaluated by the DREB.     

  6. The DREB may refer project proposals to the REB in the cases where the project involves factors such as vulnerable populations, more than minimal risk to participants or any other     circumstance where the DREB decides that full REB evaluation is required.

  7. The DREB will follow the same Tri-Council guidelines and procedures as the REB.

  8. The DREB will evaluate undergraduate project proposals only associated with courses ENH 866 and ENH 66A/B.  No other project proposals will be evaluated.