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Good Health Research Practices (eGHRP)


Good Health Research Practices (GHRP) is a recent development in response to the challenges faced by researchers in public health in adhering to guidelines such as the GCP. While the ethical principles remain the same, the paperwork and documentation may not be relevant to public health research. Thus, GHRP is a novel training Developed by the World Health Organization’s Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO-TDR) tailored to the needs of public health researchers urging them and equipping them to maintain ethics and quality in their research. It incorporates the challenges unique to health systems research with multi-disciplinary methods. Going beyond clinical trials and caters to a wider range of health researchers than GCP.

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Aim of the eGHRP?

eGHRP course is to impart knowledge and skills for the application of ethical and quality principles in the design, conduct, recording and reporting of health research in humans. The course covers all aspects from writing the protocol to disseminating results and includes study management skills addressing specific issues in public health research. There is a need for this training both to promote good research practices as well as to build capacity of public health researchers in ethical and quality standards during research.

Application procedure

Individuals or groups of up to 3 participants from an institution are eligible to apply. Each application must be accompanied by a research proposal conducting health research with human participants.

Course Faculty

Dr. Neethi Rao

Dr. Neethi Rao

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Dr. Dorothy Lall

Dr. Dorothy Lall

Institute of Public Health, Bengaluru

Dr. Ari Probandari

Dr. Ari Probandari

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata

Dr. Yodi Mahendradhata

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Dr. Riris Andono Ahmad

Dr. Riris Andono Ahmad

Universitas Gadjah Mada

Course Objectives

The course provides participants with the necessary knowledge and skills for human research management and helps scientists to:

  • understand the importance of ethical and quality principles in the conduct of human health research
  • strengthen their skills in the implementation of these principles
  • assume responsibility for and apply these skills to their daily work

The course provides participants with the necessary tools to facilitate the design, conduct, record and report of research project according to ethical and quality principles.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: Principles of research ethics and quality system

Learning objectives 

  • To appreciate the evolution and need for good practices in research
  • To identify the ethical principles relevant to health research, with its specific vocabulary of justice, autonomy, and beneficence
  • To become familiar with quality assurance and quality control processes
  • To understand the value of a quality system and identify its components
Module 3: Good Practices in Planning 2

Learning Objectives 

  • To identify the principles of project management relevant to health research. 
  • To apply this principle in managing the research study.
  • Identify the basic tools of project management -delegation log, timeline
  • To apply these tools for better project management 
Module 2: Good Practices in Planning 1

Learning Objectives 

  • To identify the different documents associated with a research project  and describe when and how to use each of those documents
  • To delineate the components of a research protocol
  • To identify the core elements of informed consent and its rationale
  • To understand the process of obtaining and documenting informed consent 
  • To review the different types of data and basic principles of developing data collection tools
  • To explain the ethical and quality implications of data collection methods and tools in health research
Module 4: Good practices in Analysis, Evaluation and Reporting

Learning Objectives 

  • To apply good practices in data analysis
  • To understand the rationale for monitoring and evaluating a research project
  • To identify indicators and the process of monitoring in evaluating a research project
  • Understand the importance of dissemination in maintaining ethics & quality 
  • To develop strategies for the research dissemination

Admissions open for 2022!

In this Certificate course in Implementation Research Methods (eIR) course, There is a need to understand implementation in the real-world context. There are many evidence-based interventions to improve health that have not been effectively delivered. The research agenda especially in the context of maternal and child health, non-communicable diseases, etc. have been shifting and needs to shift from understanding the problem to actually intervening and testing solutions in health care systems. This Certificate course in Implementation Research Methods (eIR) course will improve the capacity of researchers to answer implementation research questions.

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