The Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Advanced Research Methods program equips participants with the skills needed to conduct scientifically sound research and develop manuscripts that meet the requirements of peer reviewed journals.
The program’s duration is three months which comprise of five weeks of in-service study and seven weeks of field work supervised by a dedicated mentor.
By the end of the program, participants will be able to:
- Design and conduct unbiased and efficient health research studies, through avoiding common problems and pitfalls
- Interpret and criticize research articles in the medical literature
- Analyze the data from epidemiological research by applying the essential features of advanced statistical techniques
- Write scientific manuscripts for publication
Participants in this program complete the following four short courses:
- Advanced Research Methods
- Advanced Statistical Methods
- The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (IBM SPSS)
- Scientific Manuscript Writing
Participants spend seven weeks in the field where they are exposed to real-life situations through which they can practice the skills they gain with the guidance of a dedicated mentor. The following field projects should be conducted during the field work period:
- Pilot test the study procedures and instruments
- Revise the study instruments and tools based on the pilot testing. Procedures include: data collection, data entry, data analysis.
This program’s target audience is public health staff and health professionals working at various levels of the health system who have finished the introductory program or have basic knowledge in research conduct. Each cohort will include 15-20 participants which will be provided with training and mentor/supervisor support.
Training Delivery Method
- In-class method
- Blended learning method.