Basic Course on Quantitative Research Methods, Clinical Epidemiology and Applied Bio-statistics for Healthcare Practitioners

Language: English

Instructors: Dr Praveen Nirmalan

Validity Period: 180 days




The quality of clinical care depends on a foundation of knowledge called as evidence or experience that is interpreted in the appropriate context and continuously evaluated for clinical care to progress in the right directions. Every healthcare practitioner generates and evaluates knowledge when they interact with the recipients of care in diverse settings. Medical knowledge can be updated only through regular evaluation of these individual findings in a systematic, replicable, transparent process often called as research.

The process of research that is hidden behind several technical and confusing jargon is often intimidating and demotivating to a busy practitioner, either in clinical practice, a resident, or an undergraduate healthcare student. In this course, we aim to demystify the process of research integrating it with the routine clinical care that healthcare practitioners provide in diverse settings.


⭐  One-on-one mentoring, individualized interaction & feedback
⭐  Anonymized data from actual research projects and clinical case scenarios.
⭐ Applied integration with clinical case situations
⭐ 80% applied knowledge and 20% theory
⭐ Extended mentoring for a period up to 1 year offered at highly  subsidized rates for successful candidates

Pre-requisites for the course

  • An exposure to clinical or public healthcare will help you navigate the course better.
  • A willingness to explore and evaluate new knowledge is preferable.
  • Familiarity with navigation of online spaces and a good internet connection is preferable.
  • A sense of humor works wonders


At the end of this course, you must be able to

  • Identify a Question from your clinical setting
  • Review the Literature
  • Design Specific studies to answer specific types of healthcare questions
    • Cross-Sectional Studies
    • Case-Control Studies
    • Cohort Studies
    • Randomized Clinical Trials
  • Choose and perform basic statistical tests appropriately
    • Creation of the study form and data sheets
    • Cleaning of data
    • Missing Data
    • What tests must I do? How do I choose which test to do?
      • Data Normality
      • Parametric and non-parametric
      • Chi-Square tests
      • Fishers Exact tests
      • Correlations
      • Odds Ratios
      • Relative Risk
      • Kappa
      • ANOVA
      • Basic Linear Regression
      • Basic Logistic Regression
    • Diagnostic Effectiveness
      • Sensitivity
      • Specificity
      • Predictive Values
      • Likelihood Ratios
      • Post test probability
      • ROC Curves
  • Data Analysis
    • Prep of data using MS Excel
    • How to analyze using free online resources
    • How to use SPSS for data analysis
    • How to use STATA for data analysis
  • Interpret data- what do the statistics mean?
    • Understand how to interpret the effectiveness of interventions
    • Understand how to interpret the effectiveness of diagnostic tests
  • Understand Basic Research Ethics
  • Communicate your results
  • Critically Evaluate published manuscripts
  • Design Basic Research Projects independently
  • Perform Basic Research Projects independently

Course Structure & Pedagogy

The course utilizes a self-paced modular approach with content delivered online through a combination of self-explanatory videos, documents, and reading material that is available online 24x7. Participant learning will be assessed through a combination of

1. Quizzes-20%
2. Development of research protocols from individual clinical settings-30%
3. Basic Analysis of a dataset and Interpretation-30%
4. Communication of results using Powerpoint & a narrative report -20%


Participants who successfully complete all modules with a minimum of 70% will receive a certificate of completion.

Dr Praveen Nirmalan

Lead Faculty

Dr Praveen Nirmalan trained as an ophthalmologist & Vitreoretinal surgeon from India and subsequently completed his Masters in Public Health (MPH) and a Public Health Ophthalmology Fellowship from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, USA. He has been a team leader and member of community based and clinical research in several medical disciplines including Ophthalmology, Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Neonatology, Obstetric Anaesthesia and Critical Care, Radiology and Public Health. He has been part of several international studies bringing his expertise in epidemiology and biostatistics to the teams he has worked with. Dr Praveen is a clinical and public health research mentor for practicing clinicians and has mentored over 200 MD, DNB and PhD students through their dissertation work and research methods. He has over 80 published scientific articles to his credit and reviewed articles for many top tier national and international scientific journals.

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