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Health Research Fundamentals

By Multifaculty   |   ICMR - National Institute of Epidemiology
Learners enrolled: 5027
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. 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 researcher
 PRE-REQUISITES :  Undergraduate students in medical/dental/nursing/AYUSH streamsGraduate in any discipline
INSTITUTIONS 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
Summary
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Elective
Duration : 8 weeks
Start Date : 29 Jul 2019
End Date : 20 Sep 2019
Exam Date : 29 Sep 2019
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
Level : Undergraduate



Course layout

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 study 
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

Books and references

Reading materials will be available for each topic

Instructor bio


Dr. Sanjay Mehendale      Dr. Manoj Murhekar,      Dr. R Ramakrishnan     Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar


Dr. Prabhdeep Kaur     Dr. P. Manickam Dr. P. GaneshKumar

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
Formerly Scientist 'G', 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

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

Jeromie Wesley Vivian, MBBS, MPH
Scientist B, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai

Upasana Sharma, BAMS, MPH
PhD scholar, ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai 

TECHNICAL ASSISTANT

M Saravanan, MSc
Technician A, 
ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

P Sharly Devi, MSc
UDC, 
ICMR-National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai

Course certificate

  • The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
  • The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
  • Date and Time of Exams: 29 September 2019, Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
  • 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. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
  • Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.

CRITERIA TO GET A CERTIFICATE
  • Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 6 assignments out of the total 8 assignments given in the course. 
  • Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100
  • Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=12.5/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 37.5/75
  • If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 50/100.
  • 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 at nptel.ac.in/noc.
  • Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies are being discontinued from July 2019 semester and will not be dispatched

For the kind attention of Medical Post Graduates (current academic year, ie.  July 2019 onwards)
This course NIeCer 101: "Health Research Fundamentals" is not meant for you. It is for a wider audience as stated in the introduction to the course.

As per the notice of the Board of Governors in supersession of Medical Council of India (MCI) dated 9 July 2019, the mandatory online course for Post Graduate
Medical Students and Faculty - "Basic Course in Bio-medical Research" will be available from 1 August 2019 onwards. Please visit <nie.gov.in> for more details to be made available from 1 August 2019 onwards. 



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