These Workshops merge the study of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Health Research Methods with Public Health Skills.

Each workshop is co-ordinated through Collaborative Efforts Across the Network and involve lecturers who are leaders in academic fields of Statistics, Epidemiology and Health Services Research.

Communicating Research

This programme aims to: enhance skills of written scientific communication, develop skills of communicating research findings to the public through mass media and social media, promote advocacy skills to incorporate research findings into policy and practice, and enhance training skills of trainers through collaborative delivery.

These aims are achieved through a hybrid programme containing both face-to-face and online delivery. The face-to-face component will be delivered over six consecutive days in Sri Lanka. Each session is facilitated jointly by a local and an international expert with experience in research communication. The sessions are made learner-centered and feedback is provided throughout by the resource persons and peers. The online component is conducted after a brief self-study period to provide feedback for the outputs of participants by the resource persons. The programme is evaluated through participant feedback, demonstration of skills during the programme and tracing the outputs of participants in the medium term. In addition, local and international collaborations will build stronger networks for experienced local researchers.

Co-ordinators: Prof Madawa Chandratilake, Prof Anuradhani Kasturiratne, Dr Lathika Athuada

2023: 1st to 6th August 2023

The 2023 workshop was funded by a competitive grant NIHR GHR CADA-R2-004 awarded to Prof Madawa Chandratilake

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Behavioural Epidemiology

This three-day workshop is an in-depth journey into Behavioural Epidemiology which deals with health-related behaviours such as physical activity and diet patterns and showcases some key public health challenges along with cutting-edge research. There will be specific sessions on Nutritional and Physical Activity Epidemology as the module aims to impart an understanding of how core public health principles and epidemiological concepts are applied to real-life challenges. Through the workshop, participants will achieve a deeper understanding of the field of behavioural epidemiology research and will acquire practical skills that they can apply in their work.

Lead: Dr Guha Pradeepa

Next workshop
2024: TBC

Past Workshop
2023: 1st to 3rd June
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Biostatistics and Molecular Epidemiology

This is an intensive hands-on training course delivered in 4 parts (1 part per year). Each part is organised as an in-person 5 day workshop with the aim to train and build confidence and independence in key areas including Biostatistics, Molecular/Genetics Epidemiology and Integrative omics analyses. As part of the course, students will also be equipped with basic analytical skills using both GUI-based software (e.g. Excel and SPSS), as well as basic coding/usage in R and High-Performance Computing (HPC).

Lead: Prof Marie Loh

Next workshop
2024: TBC

Past Workshop
2023: 24th to 28th July
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Chronic Disease Epidemiology

This three-day workshop is an in-depth exploration into Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases in South Asia providing insights into the pathophysiology, aetiology, prevention and control of chronic diseases. The course content will focus on prominent chronic diseases in the South Asian context including Diabetes, Cardiovascular Diseases, Chronic Respiratory Diseases and Cancers. The course content will be delivered through interactive lectures and group discussions using the hybrid mode. The course package will include selected reading material and exposure to practical settings.

Lead: Prof Anuradhani Kasturitatne

Next workshop
2024: TBC

Past Workshop
2023: 1st to 4th August

Health Economics & Policy

The participants of this workshop will explore key issues from the global, regional, and national policies and strategies aimed at prevention and control of non-communicable diseases (NCD). Through taught sessions, the participants will gain an in-depth practical understanding on policy analysis and evidence-based policy formulation. Moreover, the participants will be able to describe the key types of health economics analyses and their relevance for NCD policy making.

Lead: Dr Malay Mridha

Next workshop
2024: TBC

Past Workshop
2023: 27th & 28th February & 1st March
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Implementation Science

This workshop gives an overview of implementation science including basic concepts and methods in implementation research, applicable tools for program evaluation and quality improvement, as well as how to work with multidisciplinary teams involving researchers, program implementers and policy-makers. Through the workshop, participants will achieve a deeper understanding of the field of implementation research and will acquire practical skills that they can apply in their work.

Lead: Prof Brian Oldenburg
Host: Dr Vinitaa Jha

Next Workshop
2023: TBC

Past Workshop
2022: 26th & 27th September
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Quality of Care

This 3 day hands-on Workshop on Clinical Governance and Quality Improvement in Health Care will include modules on Clinical Governance, Patient Safety, Doing a Clinical Audit, Designing and Implementing Quality Improvement Projects and Patient Participation in Quality Improvement. During this three-day course, you will hear about the great progress that has been made in measuring and evaluating quality of care. You will have the opportunity to learn the basic skills for quality improvement, including root cause analysis, PDSA cycle, using run charts and other tools for doing quality improvement. You will have the opportunity to design and present your own clinical audit and quality improvement project, and discuss it with experts in the field.

Co-Lead: Prof Khadija Irfan
Co-Lead: Dr Vinitaa Jha

Next Workshop
2024: TBC