For all modular courses, a pass mark of 80% is required for certification

The practice and ethics of participatory visual methods for community engagement in public health and health science

This course provides guidelines onthe practice and ethics of participatory visual methods (PVM) with emphasis on their use in low and middle-income countries for community and public engagement in health and health science. The course has been developed for use by engagement practitioners who are relatively new to the field of PVM and want to learn more about what they are and how to work with them.

Essential elements of ethics

Protocol authors should address certain ethical issues in the design of studies and document their rationale in a section of the protocol that will be easily understood by review boards and investigators. This e-Learning resource will guide the development of a dedicated “Ethics section” of the protocol in which Essential Elements are addressed. This online resource will assist clinical researchers as they write their study protocol to recognize and address common ethical challenges in clinical trials, and ethics committee members as they review and analyse clinical trial protocols in an efficient and comprehensive manner.

Research ethics online training

All research must be conducted in a manner that respects the safety and rights of participants and that recognises the responsibilities of researchers and of their host and sponsoring organisations. Research is a vital ingredient for improved global health and scientifically sound and ethically appropriate research is especially important in resource-poor settings where the need for locally applicable research findings is so great.

Research Ethics Online Training is adapted from an e-Learning course and resource package designed and produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use by internal staff.  WHO has very kindly granted permission for the adaption of this resource in a format and platform that is accessible to all.

March 2020 update: 
To date this very popular course has been accessed by scholars from 160 countries, with over 400,000 modules taken and 200,000 certificates awarded. The course is currently suspended while it is being updated. The revised course will be launched in English and español as soon as possible. If you would like an email alert when the updated course goes live, please sign up here

Ethics in epidemics, emergencies and disasters: Research, surveillance and patient care

This 7-module course offers comprehensive training exploring the wide range of ethical issues faced by health professionals and policy makers working in the context of epidemics/pandemics and disaster situations, focusing primarily on the key areas of research, surveillance and patient care. This free to access course aims to provide clear background knowledge of the key subject areas and uses case studies as an effective way to explore the topics via realistic scenarios.

Good clinical laboratory practice

Good Clinical Laboratory Practice guidelines describe the application of those Good Laboratory Practice principles that are relevant to the analyses of samples from clinical trials while ensuring the purpose and objectives of the Good Clinical Practice principles are maintained. Good Clinical Laboratory Practice is a multi-module course for all those wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of GCLP and how each principle of GCLP can be applied in clinical trial laboratory.

Preterm infant feeding and growth monitoring: Implementation of the INTERGROWTH-21st protocol

The INTERPRACTICE-21st Project promotes the optimal postnatal growth of preterm infants and standardises growth measurement in selected populations around the world. It is based on the implementation of the INTERGROWTH-21st international standards for preterm postnatal growth and evidence-based feeding recommendations based on human milk. This course comprises three modules and provides a background on preterm birth, gastro-intestinal development in preterm infants, and feeding recommendations for the routine care of preterm infants.

INTERGROWTH-21st course on maternal, fetal and newborn growth monitoring

This 3-module course communicates the methodology of maternal, fetal and newborn growth monitoring and the application of the INTERGROWTH-21st international growth standards to make judgement about appropriateness of growth. In response to the need for guidance on the correct measurement technique for newborn head circumference and an international prescriptive standard for comparisons, with the ongoing ZIKA virus infection, the first module “Assessing newborn size by anthropometry” has been published earlier than the remaining 2 modules.

Obstetric fistula

Obstetric fistula is an important cause of maternal morbidity in low-and middle-income countries where access to skilled birth attendants is limited. Each year between 50,000 to 100,000 women worldwide are affected by obstetric fistula and it is estimated that more than 2 million young women live with untreated obstetric fistula in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa. This 4-module course addresses the epidemiology, etiology, pathogenesis, prevention, diagnosis, classification and management of obstetric fistula.

Maternal infections

Infections during pregnancy, post-partum haemorrhage, hypertensive disorders, and abortion related complications are the main preventable causes of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Appropriate prevention, diagnosis and treatment of infections during pregnancy can reduce the maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality and mitigate the adverse effects of maternal infections to both mothers and new born. For each major maternal infection this course will address the global burdens, the effects on mother and foetus, diagnosis and treatment based on current evidence. The course also outlines areas that have insufficient evidence and suggesting a need for further research.

Basic malaria microscopy

Microscopists are vital to malaria programmes, and their diagnostic and technical skills are relied on in both curative services and disease surveillance. Thus, training in malaria microscopy must be sound and must reach today’s high standards. When microscopists are trained and able to make quality-assured diagnoses of malaria, communities at risk have greater confidence in their services, and both patients and prescribers benefit.

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The Global Health Training Centre is supported in part by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.