Conducting High-quality Health Research

Learn the key elements and receive access to international-level resources on how to conduct high-quality health research

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30 hours

About this short course

More than ever people are called upon to do health and medical research, but without ever having received training!

Developed by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research and endorsed by the Research Council of Tasmania Health Service (South), this course was co-designed by a team of research experts working across different disciplines of health.

This course fills the knowledge gap by providing a basic, yet critical, understanding of what is needed from the start to the finish of a high-quality research project.

As a course participant, you will learn the complete timeline of a research project, including key milestones to aim for along the way. You will be guided from the first steps of finding mentors, to formulating a research question, reviewing the literature, integrity, ethics, study design, authorship and much more

Who should do this course?

The course is designed for anyone who wants to develop the practical knowledge required to complete a high-quality health research project and is perfect for:

  • Anyone involved in health research that has not received formal research training
  • Health professionals interested in doing research
  • Students embarking on a research higher degree… Honours, Masters, PhD
  • Anyone interested in taking the first steps towards doing health research

Course Structure

As a general guide, the course will take about 30 hours to complete. It is fully online, self-paced, and with open access to all content for 12 months.

The learning consists of online reading material, links to credible external resources and interactive content to help guide your knowledge.

Each module is accompanied with short quizzes to assess your knowledge and upon course completion you will receive a Certificate of Attendance.

Multifaceted  requirements of conducting health and medical research

Key milestones in the lifecycle of research projects and knowing how to get started

Where to access world-class educational resources on research quality, integrity and design.

Meet your instructor

James Sharman is Professor of Medical Research at the University of Tasmania, Menzies Institute for Medical Research. His first research project was as an Honours student more than 20 years ago, and has since published over 250 papers in health and medical research.

James led the course development and wrote the content. A team of colleagues with diverse backgrounds, research experience and clinical knowledge contributed to the co-design and review of the course content.

These people are gratefully acknowledged below:

  • Dr Andrew Black, BMedSci (Hons), MBBS (Hons), FRACP, Cardiologist, PhD student
  • Professor Graeme Zosky, PhD, Deputy Director
  • Dr Monique Breslin, PhD, Biostatistician
  • Dr Karen Wills, PhD, Biostatistician
  • Kate Chappell, Biostatistician
  • Associate Professor Seana Gall, PhD, Epidemiologist
  • Dr Elaine Hart, PhD, Allied Health Research Lead
  • Professor Matthew Jose, MBBS, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Nephrologist
  • Dr Kim Jose, PhD, Experienced Qualitative Researcher
  • Dr Claire Morley, PhD, Nursing Director, Nursing and Midwifery Excellence
  • Dr Viet Tran, MBBS FACEM AAICD, Staff Specialist, Emergency Department, Royal Hobart Hospital; Director, Tasmanian Emergency Medicine Research Institute
  • Heather Vail, Ethics Executive Officer, University of Tasmania