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The advanced research methodology helps students gain skills in the design of conceptually cogent and methodologically rigorous research proposals. The module has an emphasis on topics that relate to Africa, but can be applied to a broad range of research issues, applying advanced qualitative and quantitative research methods to design and undertake a study. It seeks to deepen skills in critical literature review and scientific writing.  It seeks to deepen practical skills on handling advanced statistical and epidemiological methods and procedures in research design, data collection, data analysis, as well as making inferences from results obtained. This is to ensure that students’ work must make a good contribution to learning and demonstrate a capacity to relate the research that the student carries out to the broader framework in community partnerships approach in health and development while meeting required standards.

The research internship is a unique, intensive training opportunity for junior researchers who wish to launch their research career and work locally and internationally.

Pre-requisites to the course: Masters degree in Health or Social Sciences from an accredited University


Course Content

Multidisciplinary research, Planning your career ladder in Academics, Introduction to Health system research, Scientific writing, Community Health Intervention, Research presentation of conference findings, Negotiating for authorship, Quantitative methods and Qualitative research, Mixed methods, Systemic review, Qualitative Exercise and methodology, Visit to Research Institute, feedback from visits, Ethics in health Systems, research policy and policy briefs and Internship Evaluation

The theory of knowledge, or epistemology, has always been a core component of Western philosophy. Two of the fundamental questions of epistemology are 1) what is the nature of human knowledge) what is the scope of human knowledge? In other words, what does it mean for us to have knowledge, and how far does our capacity for knowledge reach?

The course makes up the methods core of the PhD program, covers the essentials of statistical methods for different types of data. It forms the theoretical part of the core and will provide students with the statistical foundation necessary to do their dissertation research. Together with epidemiology and demography, they provide computational knowledge and skills required for successful application of biostatistical methods

One of the greatest challenges to development and health is the ever-increasing number of beneficiaries as well as the reduction of productive segments of the populations.  Sound knowledge of demography is essential for proper health research planning and provision of healthcare services.  Demographic among changes are the most important determinants of development and health of a population. Students will study the history, logic and design of research on topics in core areas of demography (fertility, mortality and migration), and social perspectives on health and development in developed and developing countries. The course is intended to hone the skills and judgment of the student in order to conduct independent research in demography and sociology. Students will discuss the selection of intellectually strategic research questions and practical research designs in these areas.

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