Online Course - Research Methodology for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response

(Last Updated on 27 May 2021)

Registration for the new cohort opens until 30 September 2022. Upon registration, students are allowed to study the course until 31 October 2022 at their own pace. 

Course Overview
In this course, participants will receive technical training in research methods and analytical tools to examine and design evidence-based study to address health needs in the context of humanitarian emergencies. The online course covers various research methods used in disaster and humanitarian settings, such as quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods.

Upon completion of the course, students are expected to:

  1. Gain knowledge about health risk, impact and outcomes associated with various types of disasters
  2. Understand the rationale and able to identify gaps of research in disaster and humanitarian settings
  3. Acquire the skills for designing, implementing research and collecting data to examine health impacts of disasters and conflicts with ethical issues and context
  4. Comprehend research techniques and able to critically appraise research literature
  5. Understand the process in disseminating research finding in order to increase our understanding and improve evidence-based practice

Course Features
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Target Audience
This online course will be available to anyone around the world. The target audience is individuals studying and working in health, policy, education and humanitarian sectors or postgraduate students of closely-related disciplines. The course requires basic knowledge in research methods.

As part of CCOUC’s knowledge transfer endeavour, this course is offered free of charge. There is limited quota for enrolment on a first-come-first-served basis.

Course Structure
The course involves a total of 7 lessons, 4 short quizzes and one final assessment. Each lesson requires about one to three hours of study. All assessments are in the form of multiple-choice questions to be completed online with unlimited attempts. To progress through the course, students must obtain 80% or above in each short-quiz. Students enrolled in the course may access all learning materials and go through all learning activities online within a maximum period of seven months. Topics covered in the course are as follows:

  1. Introduction to Health and Disaster Research
  2. Planning a Research Project
  3. Quantitative Research Methods in Disaster and Humanitarian Settings Part 1
  4. Quantitative Research Methods in Disaster and Humanitarian Settings Part 2
  5. Qualitative Research Methods in Disaster and Humanitarian Settings
  6. Mixed Research Methods in Disaster and Humanitarian Settings: Health Assessments
  7. Disseminating Research Findings

Course Completion and Certification
Students who obtain 60% or above in the final assessment will be issued a printable certificate in recognition of completing the course.

To start studying the course now, please visit the course website at

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