Continuous Professional Development Training: Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics

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Continuous Professional Development Training: Good Clinical Practice Guidelines and Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Call for Training Applications for Continuous Professional Development Short Courses

Accredited by the Health Professions Council of Zambia (HPCZ)
for Early and Mid-Career Research and Healthcare Professionals
Taught by CIDRZ and UNZA School of Public Health Faculty

NEW! Deadline for Applications     17:00hrs Friday 5th January 2018


17 – 19  January 2018
Good Clinical Practice (GCP) Guidelines for Clinical Trials

GCP is an international ethical and scientific quality standard for designing, conducting, recording, and reporting clinical trials that involve the voluntary participation of human subjects. Compliance with GCP provides assurance that the rights, safety, and well-being of trial participants are protected, are consistent with the principles that have their origin in the Declaration of Helsinki, and that the trial data are credible.

Holding Certification in GCP is required prior to undertaking clinical research in Zambia and internationally.

  • Understand and explain current International Conference on Harmonization/GCP requirements and their application to clinical trials in Zambia
  • Describe Investigator and Sponsor responsibilities and the role of Institutional Review Boards
  • List key essential documents required for a clinical study
  • Understand basics of clinical data management, and study document management and storage
  • Define quality control and quality assurance in clinical research
  • Learn to write Standard Operating Procedures


22 – 26 January 2018
Introduction to Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Epidemiological research is an important tool in the study of the natural history of infectious and non-infectious diseases and assessing health effects in populations. This course will provide key epidemiological concepts and an understanding of study designs used to answer research questions. It will focus on the basic principles and methods of epidemiology and biostatistics with an emphasis on the design and interpretation of epidemiological studies. Statistical methods will be integrated into the epidemiological content, and practical sessions will make use of relevant computer software.

  • Debate principles of research, differentiate between basic and applied research, and qualitative and quantitative approaches
  • Identify a research problem, formulate a research question, and hypothesis
  • Practice and evaluate research methodological considerations and choose appropriate designs, techniques and tools
  • Receive introduction to epidemiological thinking, basic concepts, and define common epidemiological terms

Course Information:

  • Facilitators are Centre for Infectious Disease Research in Zambia (CIDRZ) and University of Zambia School of Public Health faculty with broad teaching and research experience.
  • Illustrations will use epidemiological data from developing countries, investigations of communicable and non-communicable diseases, and aetiological and public health studies.
  • Training is student-centred and includes lectures, small group discussions, seminars, and case studies.
  • Students are expected do additional reading and exercises outside of class, and bring their own laptop.

Who Can Apply:
Applicants must hold a basic degree in a science or relevant field, be involved in clinical research or healthcare provision, and commit to attending the full course of 8 hrs per day.

Fee Per Course Per Student (includes tea breaks and lunch):
GCP     K3,000
Epidemiology and Biostatistics       K4,500
Short-listed applicants will receive details where to submit fees prior to course start.

Training Venue:
VenYou Conference and Events Centre, Plot 378a Main Street, Ibex Hill, Lusaka

  • Free parking available.
  • Short-listed applicants will receive a map to the location.

Deadline for Applications       17:00hrs Friday 5th January 2018

How to Apply:

Go to to complete the  Continuous Professional Development Application Form

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