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Health Research Fundamentals

National Institute of Epidemiology and NPTEL via Swayam

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ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology is offering online programmes on conduct of human bio-medical research. The programme will be offered asNIE-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. We expect this course to be useful for individuals interested in pursuing health research in the roles of study investigators, clinical/public health researchers (physicians, counselors, research associates, social scientists, nurses, pharmacists, technicians, data and quality managers etc.), scientists, ethics committee members and project managers.INTENDED AUDIENCE : Any current or potential health researcherPRE-REQUISITES : Undergraduate students in medical/dental/nursing/AYUSH streams Graduate in any disciplineINSTITUTIONS SUPPORT : Government/ private sector, public health service institutions/ agencies, Post graduate institutions in biomedical and allied sciences, Medical colleges/ Universities, NGOs engaged in health research, Clinical research organizations, Pharma companies and marketing research organizations


Week 1: Conceptualizing a research study Introduction to health research – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale Formulating research question, hypothesis and objectives – Dr. P Manickam Literature review – Dr. P Ganeshkumar Week 2: Epidemiological considerations in designing a research study (1/2) Measures of disease frequency - Dr. R Ramakrishnan Descriptive study designs - Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur Analytical study designs - Dr. Manoj MurhekarWeek 3: Epidemiological considerations in designing a research study (2/2) Experimental study designs: Clinical trials - Dr. Sanjay Mehendale Validity of epidemiological studies - Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar Qualitative research methods: An overview - Dr. Tarun BhatnagarWeek 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 RamakrishnanWeek 5: Planning a research study (1/2) Selection of study population – Dr. P Ganeshkumar Study plan and project management – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale Designing data collection tools – Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar Week 6: Planning a research study (2/2) Principles of data collection – Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur Data management – Dr. P Manickam Overview of data analysis - Dr. P Manickam Week 7: Conducting a research study Ethical framework for health research – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale Conducting clinical trials - Dr. Sanjay MehendaleWeek 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 Publication ethics – Dr. Sirshendu Chaudhuri Manuscript writing – Dr. Jayashree K Grant proposal writing – Dr. S.A. Rizwan


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  • Anonymous
    All person are created by God but some of them suffering from some disease like corona virus disease, influenza, whopping cough, cholera, malaria. HIV, cancer,etc .
    In this some disease are epidemic and some are endemic .
    At this type disease for cure responsible to government
    Some disease for cure responsible
    It is won responsible to make always distance and wash the handtime to time and sanitize safe for this disease corona.
  • Anonymous
    Faculties are to the point and gone very logically according to the course structure and learning objectives. The curriculum design and the course delivery of the lecture were good.
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    Santosh Choudhary
    actually i want to this course because i am social worker and already worked as a research assistant in nin hyderabad with rch project so i deep study in rural areas i want to this course increase are my knoowledge

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