Two-Week Course in Health Research & Two-Year Health Research Mentorship Program, 2009

Sep 14 - Sep 26, 2009

This course was conducted from 14th to 26th September, 2009. There were 30 participants (including 6 mentees) representing 25 different institutions from 17 cities of India. The participants were trained in essentials of health research methods through lectures, group discussions, journal clubs and statistical modules. This course was fully residential and had national and international experts as faculty. An online learning management system enriched their class room learning with additional resources, online tests and assignments.

The mentees fine tuned their research proposals during this course. As an outcome, seven more participants submitted quality research proposals for our review and funding

The topics for the course included research hypotheses, cross-sectional studies, case-control studies, cohort studies, randomized controlled trials, diagnostic research, evaluating treatments, systematic review, meta-analysis, health policy and advocacy, qualitative studies, research ethics, grants writing, scientific publications, data management, basics of Epi-Info/ SPSS and biostatistics (types of variables, sampling methods, sample size calculation, descriptive statistics, inferential statistics - t tests, chi squared tests, ANOVA, ANCOVA, univariate, multi-variate regression and survival analysis).

There were 14 lectures, 7 journal clubs, 8 group discussions, 5 statistics lectures and 6 statistics practical classes (2 hours each). The six trainees in the two-year program presented their research proposal and received feedback from the participants as well as the faculty.