eRM (eLearning Course in Research Methods)

“From Research question to Research Proposal”

Do we really need yet another research methods course?

As experienced health researchers at IPH, we believe that the approach to teaching research methods needs to be re-imagined.  Despite the tremendous changes in the landscape of health research, the growing need for implementation research, mixed methods research and the need for research that policymakers can use, most courses have been unable to break away from the traditional approach of qualitative & quantitative research.

In this eRM (eLearning course in Research Methods) course, we start with helping the student develop clear and well formulated research questions. Participants are then taught how to select research designs and methods best suited to answer the research question, beyond the usual epidemiological disciplines. We encourage the use of interdisciplinary strategies including use of methods that have evolved from other disciplines such as the social sciences. We also teach basic mixed methods designs and introduce students to health policy and systems research. The course aims to enable students to write research proposals that are coherent from the research question through choice of design and methods to analysis plans. We also teach how to make a budget and the essentials of project management that are essential for a good proposal.

Uniquely, we integrate ethics at each step of the research process. We have also endeavoured to weave in concepts related to thinking of health as a system and of equity as we feel these are crucial to formulation of good, relevant research questions and impacts the methods chosen to answer them.

The course content has been designed by a team of experts from health research who have decades of experience in conducting ground level research and are PhDs in their respective areas of specializations in public health. In this course, we bring together the finest of their learnings as a course to help young researchers meaningfully contribute to health research and policy. The course has undergone a rigorous review process by both national and international reviewers throughout the development of content and pedagogy.

The course uses a student-centered, learning outcome-based approach to pedagogy and includes lectures and learning activities to ensure that the knowledge acquired can also be applied. Each learning activity has been carefully crafted to enable a  great learning experience.

eRM is a four-month course and students are expected to invest not more than 4-5 hours per week. Unlike other research method courses that try to squeeze everything into 3 to 5 days of teaching, we have a more comprehensive and hands-on approach that gives the student the time and the opportunities to practice their newly acquired knowledge and skills. 

The eRM course is specially designed keeping in mind young and middle-level researchers in the field of health. 

  • Postgraduates in Health (MD, MS, MDS, MSc Nursing, M.Pharm, MPT, MS/MD Ayurveda, Unani, Homeopathy, and MSW), Ph.D. students.

  • Junior faculty in medical, dental and nursing colleges and health researchers based in NGOs are eligible to apply for this course.

This course will be certified by the Trans-Disciplinary University in Bangalore. *in progress

Duration

4 Month

4 Module complete online

Study time 4-5 hour/week

Module structure

Module-1

Framing the research question

  • Typology of questions
  • Writing clear research questions
  • Conducting a literature search
  • Refining research question keeping systems thinking, ethics and equity in mind

Module-2

From research question to research design

  • Overview of research designs
  • Selecting appropriate designs for different types of questions

Module-3

Data collection methods and Analysis plan

  • Data analysis plan (Quantitative, qualitative & mixed method)

Module-4

Writing a research proposal

  • Develop a quality research proposal that includes budget and Gantt charts. For submission to donors

Module-1

Framing the research question

  • Typology of questions
  • Writing clear research questions
  • Conducting a literature search
  • Refining research question keeping systems thinking, ethics and equity in mind

Module-2

From research question to research design

  • Overview of research designs
  • Selecting appropriate designs for different types of questions

Module-3

Data collection methods and Analysis plan

  • Data analysis plan (Quantitative, qualitative & mixed methods

Module-4

Writing a research proposal

  • Develop a quality research proposal that includes budget and Gantt charts. For submission to donors

Module structure

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course, the student will be able to do the followings

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To frame a clear research question taking a complexity and equity lens

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To develop a quality research proposal that includes budget and Gantt charts. For submission to donors

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To search and manage literature in a scientific manner.

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To select research designs suitable to answering different research questions

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To develop data analysis plans appropriate to the design and methods

eRM key features

Pedagogy related

Research question driven

The course is discipline neutral

International review board

Introduced health policy and systems research

Outcome-based learning

Mixed methods

Developed by experienced researchers

Course related

From the field session

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Peer learning

Moodle mobile app

Tutor guided

Learn on the go, MP3 recordings

Live interaction with SME

Gamification

Meet the instructors

Dr.N. Devadasan

Dr.N. Devadasan

Dr. Upendra Bhojani

Dr. Upendra Bhojani

Dr. Dorothy Lall

Dr. Dorothy Lall

Dr. Sunitha Srinivas

Dr. Sunitha Srinivas

Dr. Prashanth NS

Dr. Prashanth NS

Meet the Tutors

Prashanthi Kamath

Prashanthi Kamath

Dr. Neelima M

Dr. Neelima M

Any questions?

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