Essentials in Health Research Methodology

Essentials in Health Research Methodology

Course Description
A profound understanding of research methodology is a key requisite for conducting scientific research and for the critical assessment of research results. As in any field of science, the methods applied in Health Research evolve continuously and rapidly. This course provides the participating students with an overview of the state of the art research methods commonly used in Health Sciences, hereby facilitating their understanding of research methodology as a whole. Through four overall topics, the students are introduced to different experts from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Basel. Consequently, the course provides an excellent opportunity for collaboration and networking within the field of Health Research in Basel.

Course Structure
The course covers 4 modules:

  1. Health Economics, Public Health and Public Health Policy
  2. Qualitative Research, Questionnaires and Surveys
  3. Observational Studies and Analyzes of Observational Datasets
  4. Randomized Controlled Trials

Each module will be covered by face-to-face teaching (1 day in total) in combination with pre-reading and home assignments. Details are found in the table below. The course serves to provide an introduction to the different topics and will cover basics only. Choose single modules, or book all 4.

PhD students of Clinical Research, Epidemiology, Medicines Development, Nursing Science, Public Health /Epidemiology incl. Insurance Medicine, and Sport Science registered in PPHS. No prior knowledge of the specific topic is required.

External participants who fullfil similar eligibility criteria: e.g. PhD students from the disciplines above, but not registered to PPHS, or from other faculties or PhD schools, PostDocs, MDs, Clinical Research professionals from academia or industry with minimum M.Sc. qualification.

The number of participants is limited. Applications will be considered based on the date of receipt.

Workload and ECTS
1 ECTS for 2-3 modules, 2 ECTS for 4 modules. Workload 30/60h incl. pre-reading and home assignments.

Course fee
The course is free of charge for PhD students registered to PPHS or SSPH+.

Other participants:
CHF 750 for each module
CHF 3’000 for all four modules

Fees include course materials.


on the DKF website


Module 1:
Tue 11 Jan 2022, 1-5pm
Mon 17 Jan 2022, 1-5pm

Module 3:
18 Jan 2022, 1-5pm
24 Jan 2022, 1-5pm

Module 2:
27 Jan 2022, 1-5pm
1 Feb 2022, 1-5pm

Module 4:
3 Feb 2022, 1-5pm
10 Feb 2022, 1-5pm


Biozentrum Neubau, Spitalstrasse 41, Basel
Seminarraum U1.191
Except 10 Feb 2022: Seminarraum Lemon 02.073

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