Maritime Health Research and Education-NET/EDUCATION/Education module links/Diploma 1-3: Global Public Health Research Education
Diploma 1-3: Public Health Research Methodology Education[edit | edit source]
Prevention and promoting of well-being for all ages while supporting the relevant SDGs is the core issue. Our education programs aim to integrate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Our research education programs in Occupational-, Maritime- and Public Health are especially related to SDG3: Good health and well-being for all and strongly related to several other goals. Diplomas and the MScPublic Health Research Methodology Education aims to learn how to integrate Public Health research as part of the UN17 sustainable development goals (SDGs), especially Goal 3, "Good and wellbeing for all" integrated with other SDGs. 
Learning is obtained by analyzing the relevant health-related SDG indicators based on the national statistics and the Global Burden of Diseases, Injuries, and Risk Factor statistics.  The program is unique as it is based on research training which is not the case in most of the available Public health education programs. But also the linking of the Public health program to the SDGs is pioneering in Public Health Education. The objective is to enhance the global and national capacity to monitor the health-related SDGs including equity analysis and to propose the needed evidence-based preventive actions. The learning philosophy is to use the scientific tools to identify the health indicators and their health effects, to evaluate possible solutions and treatments, to implement and evaluate the effect of the proposed implementation. The way to learn is to search how it has been done in other settings with success and to apply this line in practice applying for scientific evidence-based medicine- and evidence-based public health. The choice of indicators globally with students from especially developing countries will be based on the latest global statistics ‘World Health Statistics 2019: Monitoring Health for the SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals.. In any case, the program will be adapted to the student's background and future workplaces. For a start, we will adapt the list of indicators to the European region based on the latest reports of CORE HEALTH INDICATORS in the WHO European Region with special focus on the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
Specific objectives[edit | edit source]
- Be updated on the health-related SDG indicator targets and definitions and the implications for national target setting
- Identify ways to incorporate health-related SDG indicators into national health measurement and accountability frameworks and which indicators to monitor
- Identify and address challenges of data quality and data analysis and use to better monitor health equity
- Explore which indicators are most suitable for routine data collection from facility-based and community health information systems—or health management information systems—versus which indicators remain integral to current and planned household and demographic surveys.
Learning methods[edit | edit source]
The learning structure is like running small research projects based on the literature review with 1. Identification of the problems, 2. formulating research questions, 3. searching and reviewing the relevant literature of the etiologies and how to solve them. The students are trained to seek knowledge in scientific articles and only use relevant web pages. The content of the learning is helping students to use the research tools to solve the real anational and global problems in the projects.
Main Indicators related to SDG3 in the European Region
Diplomas 1-3[edit | edit source]
- Diploma 1: Education in Health research methodology
- Diploma 2: Education in Occupational Health research methodology
- Diploma 3: Education in writing a scientific article in occupational health
Diploma 1: Education in Health research methodology - 3-6 months 150-300 hours[edit | edit source]
Purpose[edit | edit source]
The purpose of Diploma 1 is to provide the students with the necessary tools to understand and apply health research results in daily life to maintain a high professional level and ensure an updated and evidence-based prevention and treatment. The is also the basis for learning evidence-based in the next step and for their thesis. Mastery of the process of searching, reading and using the scientific literature is the most important competence to achieve as a basis for evidence-based practice and for independent research.
The Diploma is intended to prepare the students for scientific-based university thesis work with data collection in school classes or by other methods, analyze the data, and do a literature review as the main part of the thesis. Further, the aim is to train the students to carry out independent research projects to be internationally published and inspire them to actively engage in health research and teaching. The Diploma is focused on epidemiological occupational health research, but as the same research method is used in other health specialties, the course is useful for all other students and professionals in health. In the end, The Diploma of well-done in health research methodology is handed out after having passed the Midterm and final test exams (see below midterm and final test)
Location[edit | edit source]
Time[edit | edit source]
To be adapted according to wishes
Languages[edit | edit source]
Most of the study materials are bilingual, English and Spanish.
Study Hours[edit | edit source]
45 min Zoom meeting every week /Friday and 5 hours self-study per week, in total 100 hours study time over 3 months or more months if needed.
Midterm exams[edit | edit source]
In the middle of both courses, you will have a test you get a research question and have to search and keep five references in your reference system, where are you orienting yourself in abstract and write in Word a small short IMRAD structured summary 100-150 words and make the reference list in Word. Questions of understanding of the course content will also be used.
The final exam in both Diplomas[edit | edit source]
Show online how you use the "Boolean" type of search words maximum of five, online in Google Scholar or PubMed. Show how you store the references in the Zotero reference system or another you have installed. And how you combine writing text in Word in a small about 100-200 words summary while inserting the references and make a reference list. Questions of understanding of the whole course content will also be applied.
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Diploma 2: Education in Public Health Research Methodology[edit | edit source]
6-9 months 600 hours[edit | edit source]
6-9 months 600 hours work the students have to work with on a scientific basis, with the tools the students have learned to use in Diploma part 1. The program includes the scientific study of the Public Health topics related to the UN17 Goals global Public Health strategy: Evidence-based Medicine, evidence-based Public Health, Prevention of NCD etc. Table 1 The students will pick up their new knowledge from the scientific articles in the specific areas in the articles and write the sections in their own evidence-based textbook in Public Health. The students will make minor systematic literature reviews (PRISMA), search phrases of each of the selected 27 PubHelath related indicators to the UN17 Goals (Table 1). The students describe the results from the abstracts and the full text of the articles so that it is understandable to other actors in Public health. The final product will be a digital book in 3000-6000 words the students have made themselves and Pptx presentation. In the end, a Diploma of well-done Health research is handed out after going through 45 min. oral exam where they present a 10 minutes PowerPoint of their results and discussion. You get a research question and have to search for five references, Where are you orienting yourself in abstract and write in Word a small short IMRAD structured summary.
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Diploma 3: Education in Writing a Scientific Article /Thesis[edit | edit source]
6-12 months 300-600 hours[edit | edit source]
Writing scientific Article/ Thesis education in health research[edit | edit source]
Writing a thesis is the compulsory final part of all postgraduate educations for candidates or postgraduate master's degrees. Diploma 3 is relevant also for those who want to start health research independent of postgraduate education. This step runs over 6-12 months and having completed Diploma 1-2, the students are well trained in using the literature and writing a thesis that can be structured like a scientific article and published. It is based on your own data from your research project or secondary data from another side. The thesis can be either structured as a scientific article or as the traditional thesis structure. By using the traditional thesis structure a lot of scientific work is wasted because a thesis cannot normally be used as a scientific reference like peer-reviewed articles. There must, of course, be permission from the institution that the finished work can consist of a scientific article. Now the students can benefit from the possibilities to get data from The Maritime Health Research and Education-NET (MAHRE-Net) or other sources. Projects with pooling of data from many countries and trends analysis and combining of different questionnaires will require experienced researchers and fundings. In the end, a Certificate of well-done article/thesis in Health research is handed out after going through a final exam, with the presentation of your article/thesis. The guide here is for your research project that ends with the publication of an article or presented in a thesis.
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References[edit | edit source]
- ‘THE 17 GOALS | Sustainable Development. Accessed 1 May 2021. https://sdgs.un.org/goals
- Asma, Samira, Rafael Lozano, Somnath Chatterji, Soumya Swaminathan, Maria de Fátima Marinho, Naoko Yamamoto, Elena Varavikova, Awoke Misganaw, Michael Ryan, and Lalit Dandona. ‘Monitoring the Health-Related Sustainable Development Goals: Lessons Learned and Recommendations for Improved Measurement’. The Lancet 395, no. 10219 (2020): 240–46.