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ICMR offers online certification course on health research Fundamentals

ICMR offers online certification course on health research Fundamentals

The National Institute of Epidemiology (NIE) of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is offering a free online course on ‘Health Research Fundamentals’.

NIE-ICMR e-Certificate – Courses

NIeCer 101: Health Research Fundamentals, is a basic level course in health research methods. It will explain 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.

Eligibility Criteria

Any current or potential health researchers  including students, clinical/ public health/ laboratory researchers, physicians,research associates, allied health professionals, scientists, statisticians, ethics committee members and project managers,Undergraduate Medical/Dental/AYUSH  students, graduate in any other discipline.


20 hours in 8 weeks


  • Video lectures
  • Presentation slides
  • MCQ quizes
  • Readings

Exam fee : Rs 1000

Last Date for registration–  23/01/2017.


Week 1: Conceptualizing a research study
Introduction to health research – Dr. Sanjay Mehendale
Formulating the research 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 participants – 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

Admission now open for January 2017 session.  

For registration click here for registration

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