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Advanced Health Research Methods

Program Overview

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.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  1. Design and conduct unbiased and efficient health research studies, through avoiding common problems and pitfalls
  2. Interpret and criticize research articles in the medical literature
  3. Analyze the data from epidemiological research by applying the essential features of advanced statistical techniques
  4. Write scientific manuscripts for publication

Training Courses

Participants in this program complete the following four short courses:

  1. Advanced Research Methods
  2. Advanced Statistical Methods
  3. The Statistical Package for Social Sciences (IBM SPSS)
  4. Scientific Manuscript Writing

Field Work

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:

  1. Pilot test the study procedures and instruments
  2. Revise the study instruments and tools based on the pilot testing. Procedures include: data collection, data entry, data analysis.

Targeted Group

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

  1. In-class method
  2. Blended learning method.
  • Number of Coursers: 4
  • Duration: 3 months

Accredited By


Participant who complete the three-month program requirements will be awarded a Post Graduate Diploma Certificate (PGDC).

Courses in this Program


Advanced Research Methods

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Advanced Statistical Methods

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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The Statistical Package For Social Sciences (IBM SPSS)

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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Scientific Writing

  • Duration 30 Learning Hours
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