Strengthening access to and quality of reproductive health services in humanitarian settings



Research methodology and research protocol development

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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.
What is required of you?

For each module, participants must:

Study the slides and talking points.
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

Important dates: 

-Start date: 16 July 2018

-End date: 7 September 2018

-Application deadline: 17 June 2018

-Payment deadline: 9 July 2018


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:

You are encouraged to join other courses offered in the same year to benefit from a discount.

July 16 - September 7, 2018
Health professionals, paramedical staff, project planners and managers in health-related areas and social scientists from all countries
Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research
150, route de Ferney 1211 Geneva 2 - Switzerland

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