Fundamental of Global Health Research Syllabus

Learning Objectives

Participants completing the course at the highest level of achievement should be able to:

  • Identify and describe key components of a successful grant proposal and understand the grant application and review process.
  • Discuss ethical dilemmas faced by international and domestic researchers and the importance of scientific integrity in research.
  • Describe major aspects of project implementation, including submission of materials to domestic and foreign IRBs, creation of study instruments, database development, data management, and research budgets.
  • Explain best practices of study design and proposal development.



Module 1: Choosing a Study Design

  • Epidemiology and biostatistics terms
  • Study designs
  • Qualitative research

Module 2: Selecting an Approach & Identifying Collaborators

  • Implementation science
  • Mentorship
  • Collaboration

Module 3: Applying for Funding Part 1

  • Types of grants
  • Successful grant writing
  • Literature reviews
  • Hypothesis & aims

Module 4: Applying for Funding Part 2

  • Significance
  • Innovation

Module 5: Applying for Funding Part 3

  • Research approach
  • Sample size

Module 6: Applying for Funding Part 4

  • Critical grant components and letters of support
  • Budget
  • Biosketches
  • Grant peer review


Module 7: Conducting Research Responsibly

  • Ethics in research
  • IRBs
  • Human subjects
  • Plagiarism
  • Fiscal management

Module 8: Managing Data

  • Data management
  • Data analysis plans
  • Qualitative data collection and analysis

Module 9: Designing Study Instruments

  • Designing instruments for data collection
  • Using ODK and REDCap


Module 10: Disseminating Research

  • Common tables and graphics
  • Planning, designing, and delivering presentations
  • Writing and submitting manuscripts
  • Finding the right journals
  • Open access and fees
  • Predatory publishing