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Basic course in Biomedical Research- Cycle 5

National Institute of Epidemiology and NPTEL via Swayam


In order to improve the research skills of Indian medical postgraduate (PG) students and teachers in medical institutions, the National Medical Commission (NMC, erstwhile Medical Council of India) has mandated a uniform research methodology course. This online course, “Basic Course in Biomedical Research”, is offered by ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology (ICMR-NIE), Chennai ( course will explain the fundamental concepts of research methodology in health. Course materials include video lectures reading/resource materials, example accompaniments, workbooks, lecture handouts and frequently asked questions (based on participant queries from previous cycle). Certification will be done based on lecture wise assignments and a final proctored exam.INTENDED AUDIENCE:Mandatory course for• Medical postgraduates [academic year 2019-20 onwards] &• Teachers in medical institutions affiliated to NMCTECHNICAL SUPPORT:Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi and ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai


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Conceptualizing a research study 1 Introduction to health research 2 Formulating research question, hypothesis and objectives 3 Literature review Epidemiological considerations in designing a research study 4 Measures of disease frequency 5 Descriptive study designs 6 Analytical study designs 7 Experimental study designs 8 Validity of epidemiological studies 9 Qualitative research methods: An overview Bio-statistical considerations in designing a research study 10 Measurement of study variables 11 Sampling methods 12 Calculating sample size and power Planning a research study 13 Selection of study population 14 Study plan and project management 15 Designing data collection tools 16 Principles of data collection 17 Data management 18 Overview of data analysis Ethical issues in conducting a research study 19 Ethical framework for health research 20 Conducting clinical trials Writing a research protocol 21 Preparing a concept paper for research projects 22 Elements of a protocol for research studies 23 Publication ethics
24 Manuscript Writing (non-graded)
25 Grant Proposal Writing (non-graded)  

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