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Health Research Fundamentals

National Institute of Epidemiology via NPTEL

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Overview

National Institute of Epidemiology [NIE], Indian Council of Medical Research [ICMR] is offering online programmes on conduct of human bio-medical research. The programme will be offered as ‘NIE-ICMR e-Certificate’ – NIeCer courses. The first in this series, NIeCer 101:Health Research Fundamentals, is a basic level course in health research methods. It will explain the fundamental concepts in epidemiology and bio-statistics related to research methods. This course will provide an overview of steps and principles for designing bio-medical and health research studies among human participants.

Syllabus

Week 1: Conceptualizing a research study
Introduction to health research – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale
Literature review – Dr. P Ganeshkumar
Formulating the research hypothesis and objectives – Dr. P Manickam

Week 2: Epidemiological considerations in designing a research study
Measures of disease frequency – Dr. R Ramakrishnan
Descriptive study designs – Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur
Analytical study designs – Dr. Manoj Murhekar

Week 3: Epidemiological considerations in designing a research study
Experimental study designs: Clinical trials - Dr. Sanjay Mehendale
Qualitative research methods: An overview – Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar
Validity of epidemiological studies – Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar

Week 4: Bio-statistical considerations in designing a research study
Measurement of study variables – Dr. R Ramakrishnan
Sampling methods – Dr. R Ramakrishnan
Calculating sample size and power – Dr. R Ramakrishnan

Week 5: Planning a research study
Selection of study participants – Dr. P Ganeshkumar
Preparing for data management and analysis – Dr. P Manickam

Week 6: Planning a research study
Designing data collection tools – Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar
Principles of data collection – Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur
Study implementation plan – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale

Week 7: Ethical issues in conducting a research study
Ethical framework for health research – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale

Week 8: Writing a research protocol
Preparing a concept paper for research projects – Dr. P Manickam
Elements of a protocol for research studies – Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar

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