Principles of STD/HIV Research

Course dates:
Jan 14, 2019 to Apr 07, 2019


Course hours:
12 weeks, 4-7 hours per week
  • Interact with instructor and students
  • Fee-based


Today, there are 40 STIs, 10 of which are potentially fatal, and several that are incurable. To develop effective interventions, it’s crucial that we continue to research these STIs. This course offers an intensive overview of the skills and tools needed to pursue a research career in STD/HIV, including strategies for funding and publishing academic work and the multidisciplinary fundamentals of this research.


This online graduate-level course has video lectures, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and assignments. There are interactive workshops integrating several topics to encourage hands-on practice. 

You can participate in this course as an independent participant or as part of a site with five or more people. We encourage participation as a group because it provides a forum for discussing course concepts and applying them to the local setting and customs. If you can’t join a group, the discussion boards can provide that forum. 

The course is taught in English. Participants should be comfortable with written and spoken English.


The course is appropriate for individuals interested in pursuing research activities in the field of STD and HIV with some familiarity of the basic vocabulary. 

The content is geared towards those who are working toward or already have a doctoral-level degree. In past offerings, most participants have been post-doctoral trainees. You must have at least a graduate or master’s-level degree.  

The course is intended for early career research professionals, and isn’t appropriate for laboratory technicians or for those whose primary focus is program management, community engagement, or patient care.

Specifically, people who would benefit from this course are:

  • MDs in research fellowship programs, particularly in infectious diseases
  • PhDs or pre-doctoral candidates interested in the biology, epidemiology, behavioral or health services aspects of STD/HIV
  • Public health officials (US and international) involved in STD/HIV research
  • Junior faculty with research interest in STD/HIV


Low and Middle Income Countries

Print Certificate*Digital Certificate*
Group Sites (unlimited participants)$1500$1500
High Income Countries (OECD)  
Group Sites (unlimited participants)$2999$2999

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Payments may be made by wire transfer, Visa, Mastercard or Discovery credit cards. You will receive instructions to submit payment once you have been accepted into the course. 

In-Person Course

For information about the in-person course offered each July in Seattle, Washington visit

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