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Training course in research methodology and research protocol development 2019

Course coordinators
Moazzam Ali (WHO)
Tomas Allen (WHO)
Karim Abawi (GFMER)

Objectives of the course

To provide knowledge and skills in research methodology in sexual and reproductive health. This course will enhance participants’ knowledge of how to conduct literature searches, develop research protocols and improve their scientific writing.

Thematic areas

This course is divided into four thematic areas:

1. Literature search and referral to biomedical documents

The aim of conducting a literature search is to identify the most relevant sources related to a study topic in order to provide evidence, give background information, place research into a theoretical context and inform readers about similar research on the topic. A literature review is crucial for the credibility of a scientific paper and serves as an update of professional knowledge in a particular field of expertise.

Referencing is a standard way of citing the sources of information you have used and ideas that are not your intellectual property. It is important to verify citation and to allow readers to follow-up certain topics in further detail and locate the cited author’s original work.

2. Epidemiologic studies

This section provides basic knowledge on different epidemiological studies used to conduct research projects. It includes methods for observational (analytic & descriptive) studies, such as cross sectional, screening, cohort, case-control and experimental studies like randomized trials. This section includes both quantitative and qualitative methods for conducting research as well as various data collection methods.

3. Research protocol development

This section provides practical instructions on how to develop a research protocol according to the WHO recommended format. This section also contains a special course on research ethics.

4. Scientific writing

This section provides instruction on scientific writing, such as article, report, presentation based on academic criteria.

Topics to be covered in the course

Week 1. Introduction: Research topic selection, research question and research problem statement

Week 2: Effective literature search and citing biomedical documents and sources

Week 3. Types of research (qualitative and quantitative)

Week 3. Epidemiologic studies

Week 4. Epidemiologic studies cont’d.

Week 5. Sampling (sample size and sampling technique)

Week 5. Quantitative data collection

Week 6. Qualitative study design

Week 7. Research ethics

Week 7. Critical appraisal of research publication

Week 8. Scientific writing

Week 8. Standard research protocol format

Teaching-learning methods to be used in course

On each of the topic, the following items will be posted:

  • A set of slides
  • Reference documents
  • Other audio-visual materials

What is required of you?

For each module, participants must:

  • Study the slides.
  • Read all accompanying documents.
  • Answer to the multiple choice questions.
  • Complete the short assignment or interactive exercise, after going through the slide set and documents.

A personal coach will be assigned to each participant, whose role is to facilitate the course and serve as tutor.

Course validation and certificate

In order to validate the module and obtain the certificate, the participants are required to develop a research protocol relevant to their professional practice and under the guidance of their personal coach.

Course duration

8 weeks

Course fee

USD 250

Participants of the 2019 Training course in adolescent sexual and reproductive health course will get 20% discount.

Important dates

Start date: 11 November 2019

End date: 05 January 2020

Application deadline: 14 October 2019

Payment deadline: 04 November 2019


To apply for the course, you should submit the completed application form and send the required enclosures by email to the course email address.

Application form


Please send the following documents by email to the course email address.

  • A curriculum vitae, including sections on current and previous positions
  • A certified copy of diploma(s)
  • A letter of motivation stating clearly your interests and reasons for applying to the Course (1-2 page maximum).

Course email: researchmethodology@gfmer.org


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1211 Geneva 2 - Switzerland
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