Research Methods In Health Promotion

By Dr. Arista Lahiri, Dr. Madhumita Dobe, Dr. Sweety Suman Jha   |   IIT Kharagpur, AIIH&PH, Kolkata
Learners enrolled: 3160   |  Exam registration: 525
This course is designed to provide the learners a comprehensive understanding about the research techniques in Health Promotion and Education. Apart from general research methodology in Health Sciences, the research techniques in Health Promotion are an essential competency for public health professionals. After completion of this course the participants will be able to understand the different research techniques and methodology in health promotion. The participants will also be able to plan, implement, and evaluate Health Promotion research and programs.

INTENDED AUDIENCE: Post-graduate (medical) students in Community Medicine, Public Health, Epidemiology, Social Science, Nutrition, Health Promotion; Post-Graduate Nursing students; and also students from allied disciplines.

PREREQUISITES: Graduate degree in health sciences

INDUSTRY SUPPORT: NGOs working in health and development sector, public health organizations, Health services sector of state and central governments (It will be beneficial for the Medical Officers also, who are involved in Public Health system)
Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Public health
Credit Points : 3
Level : Postgraduate
Start Date : 24 Jul 2023
End Date : 13 Oct 2023
Enrollment Ends : 07 Aug 2023
Exam Registration Ends : 18 Aug 2023
Exam Date : 29 Oct 2023 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1: Introduction to Research Methods in Health promotion
Week 2: Theories and Models in Health Promotion and Health Behavior - part I
Week 3: Theories and Models in Health Promotion and Health Behavior - part II
Week 4: Quantitative Techniques in Health Promotion: Research designs
Week 5: Qualitative methods in Health Promotion
Week 6: Mixed methods techniques in Health Promotion
Week 7: Study T ool development in Health Promotion
Week 8: Designing interventions in Health Promotion
Week 9: BCC and SBCC
Week 10: Community-Based Participatory Research in context to Health Promotion
Week 11: Data analysis in Health Promotion
Week 12: Research Proposal Writing and Reporting the Research Findings

Books and references

“Research Methods in Health Promotion” by Laura F. Salazar, Richard A. Crosby, and Ralph J. DiClemente
“Principles and Foundations of Health Promotion and Education” by James McKenzie
“Health Behavior: Theory, Research, and Practice” by Karen Glanz
“Health Behavior Change” by Prestwich, Kenworthy, and Conner

Instructor bio

Dr. Arista Lahiri

IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Arista Lahiri is a medical faculty at IIT Kharagpur. He is a public health researcher who works primarily in the domain of health promotion and education, and non-communicable diseases. His field expertise is on integrating health behavior models with health promotion intervention contents.

Dr. Madhumita Dobe

AIIH&PH, Kolkata
Dr. Madumita Dobe, former Director Professor and Head of the Department of Health Promotion and Education, All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health, Kolkata is an international personality in Public Health and Health Policy research. She specializes in Health Promotion intervention research and integration with health policy related research. Prof. Dobe actively promotes evidence-driven health behavior research.

Dr. Sweety Suman Jha

Dr. Sweety Suman Jha is also a medical faculty at IIT Kharagpur. She works in the domain of adolescent health, health promotion, and non-communicable diseases. Her research focus is on using qualitative research to develop a valid health promotion tool.

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 October 2023 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.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 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 >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

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 Kharagpur .It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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