This course is split into two parts. There are separate quizzes and certificates for parts one and two.

The Study Protocol Part One:


The Study Protocol Part Two:


Course Overview


Each part of this course should take 30-40 minutes to complete.


Separate certificates are issued for each part of the course once a minimum of 80% has been achieved in the final quiz sections.


This course is designed to guide researchers through the basic stages and concepts surrounding the creation of a protocol. The study protocol is a document outlining the design of a study, describing the objectives, methodology and overall organisation of the research to be carried out forming a template and guide to the research process as a whole. The course is aimed at everyone involved in clinical research.


Upon completion of the course, you will have gained an understanding of:

  1. What a protocol is and why it is necessary
  2. The basic concepts of designing a protocol
  3. The sections that should be included in a protocol
  4. Points to remember when creating a protocol
  5. Common errors that should be avoided when developing a protocol


The Global Health Training Centre is built through the support and partnership of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the World-Wide Antimalarial Resistance Network and the East African Consortium for Clinical Research.


  • Mary Logan - Global Health Network Training Manager


  • Andy Burke - Clinical Trials Service Unit (CTSU), University of Oxford.


This module has been funded by the WorldWide Antimalarial Resistance Network (WWARN).

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The Study Protocol Part One:


The Study Protocol Part Two:



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