National Institute of Epidemiology [NIE], Indian Council of Medical Research [ICMR] is offering online programmes on conduct of human bio-medical research. The programme will be offered as NIE-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.
Important For Certification/Credit Transfer: Weekly Assignments and Discussion Forum can be accessed ONLY by enrolling here Scroll down to Enroll Note: Content is Free! All content including discussion forum and assignments, is free Final Exam (in-person, invigilated, currently conducted in India) is mandatory for Certification and has INR Rs. 1100 as exam fee.
Any current or potential health researcher
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.
Undergraduate students in medical/dental/nursing/AYUSH streams
Graduate in any discipline
INSTITUTIONS THAT WILL VALUE THIS COURSE
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
2843 students have enrolled already!!
FACULTIES Dr. Sanjay Mehendale, MD, MPH, FAMS, FIMSA, FACE Ex - Additional Director General, ICMR Dr. Manoj Murhekar, MD Scientist 'G' & Director, ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology
Dr. R Ramakrishnan, MAE, PhD Consultant, ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology
Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur, MAE, DNB Scientist 'E', ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar, MD, PhD Scientist 'E', ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology Dr. P. Manickam, BSMS, M.Sc., PhD Scientist 'E', ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology Dr. P. GaneshKumar, MD Scientist 'C', ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology
All the instructors are faculty members for the two-year Master of Public Health [MPH] programme at the ICMR School of Public Health of the NIE, Chennai, India. The School is offering MSc (Biostatistics) from this July. Besides the Master's level programmes, the faculty members have been conducting PG diploma and various short-term training programmes in public health/epidemiology and biostatistics. Besides teaching, the faculty members have been conducting epidemiological/public health research. For more details please visit www.nie.gov.in
TEACHING ASSISTANTS D Bella Devaleenal, MBBS, DLO, MPH Scientist C, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai S Sriram, MBBS, MPH Scientist C, ICMR-National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis, Chennai M Santhosh Kumar, MBBS, MPH Scientist B, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai V Saravana Kumar, Ph.D Scientist B, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai E Rajalakshmi, MD (Siddha), MSc (Epid.) Project Scientist C, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai Upasana Sharma, BAMS, MPH PhD scholar, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai
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 Murhekar
Week 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 Bhatnagar
Week 4:Bio-statistical considerations in designing a research
Measurement of study variables – Dr. R Ramakrishnan
Sampling methods – Dr. R Ramakrishnan
Calculating sample size and power – Dr. R Ramakrishnan
Week 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 Mehendale
Week 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
M Saravanan, MSc Technician A, National Institute of Epidemiology-ICMR, Chennai
P Sharly Devi, MSc UDC, National Institute of Epidemiology-ICMR, Chennai
CERTIFICATION EXAM :
The exam is optional for a fee.
Date and Time of Exam: October 7, 2018 (Sunday):
Time of Exams: Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon session: 2pm to 5pm.
Exam for this Course will be available in both morning & afternoon sessions.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published.
Final score will be calculated as : 25% assignment score + 75% final exam score
25% assignment score is calculated as 25% of average of 8 weeks course: Best 6 out of 8 assignments
E-Certificate will be given to those who register and write the exam and score greater than or equal to 50% final score. Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup. It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Madras. It will be e-verifiable atnptel.ac.in/noc.
FINAL CERTIFICATE: The final score will determine if you will/will not receive a certificate.
1. Final score less than 50"Fail" 2. Final score between 50 to 69 "Successfully completed" 3. Final score between 70 to 89 "Elite" 4. Final score of 90 and above "Elite+Gold"