Courses, Training Programs & Workshop

Research Training Courses

Courses at the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics & Population Health for the year 2023.

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Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative: Short course

BBNC Short Course 

The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted the 2-week short course in International Nutrition Research Methods since 10 years and is planning to continue it in 2020.

Course Objectives

  • Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political and economic determinants
  • Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry and molecular nutrition
  • Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research and laboratory areas
  • Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation based on current evidence

Who can Apply: 
Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research. Alumni of the BBNC course can also apply.

Course Dates:
13th to 24th January, 2020

Course Fee:
There is no course fee for participants from India. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the relevant course material (including background reading material and handouts).

Food (lunch during course days) and stay arrangements at St. John's will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (2nd AC train tickets) will be reimbursed to participants from India.

To Apply:
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The Course:

Didactic lectures (morning) and small group hands on sessions (afternoon) will be given on the following topics:

  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Body Composition & Nutritional Assessment
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions & Assessments
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Environment & Nutrition
  • Implementation Research
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Systematic Review & Managing References


NIH Sponsored Training in Health Research

St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute has substantial experience in running training programs in clinical research for health professionals and personnel involved in clinical research.. Training activities from our group were initiated in the year 2008. This was initially as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) Program to conduct research and training in health research (2009-2014).

Most of our training is conducted in collaboration with PHRI, McMaster University, Canada. To date, we have conducted 17 training programs and have trained 1189 participants from 70 institutions from 40 cities in 7 countries. They include, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Nairobi, Nigeria, Tanzania and the UK.

As part of our training activities in our CoE program, we conducted nine programs:

The objectives, method and participants are

Objective: To train motivated and dedicated young health professionals who will be able to design and implement research projects that are relevant in the Indian context.

Method: Candidates are selected based on research interests, project proposal, face to face interviews and support of the institution for research activities.

Participants: Health professionals (40 years of age and within 5 years of their Masters Level or higher qualifications (MD, MS, DNB, DM, MCh), employed) 1 year on a regular basis in an Indian Medical Institution.