Training Programs & Workshop

Theory and Practice of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (EpiBio) - 2018

This hybrid course in Epidemiology and Biostatistics has an online introductory component 2 weeks prior to the start of the course and an intensive 8-day face-to-face component. Completion of quizzes at the end of the online phase is mandatory prior to attending the face-to-face course. The course aims to integrate theory and application in epidemiology, medicine, population health and biostatistics. This workshop is for faculty and postgraduate medical/allied health sciences students, PhD students, post-doctorates and others associated with health research. No prior knowledge of research methodology or biostatistics is required.

Online Course: 15th - 26th July, 2018 &
On-site Course: 31st July - 8th August, 2018

Course Fee (all inclusive):
Before 10th July: Rs. 8,500/- (for students) & Rs. 12,500/- (for faculty)
After 10th July: Rs. 12,500/- (for students) & Rs. 17,500/- (for faculty)

Application Process: See the below EpiBio brochure, fill in the registration form and send in the tuition fees


EpiBio 2018

EpiBioDem 2018


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 9 years and is planning to continue it in 2019.

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.

Course Dates:
7th to 18th January, 2019

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 (breakfast and 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:
For Application, CLICK HERE

The Course:

Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:

  • Human Nutrition
  • Nutritional Physiology
  • Molecular Nutrition
  • Nutritional Assessment
  • Nutritional Biochemistry
  • Health Policy and Nutrition
  • Micronutrient Interventions
  • Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
  • Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
  • Principles of Biostatistics
  • Survey Methods and Data Analysis
  • Epidemiologic Research Methods
  • Nutritional Epidemiology
  • Infectious Disease Epidemiology
  • Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
  • Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
  • Using Internet to Extract Evidence


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.