From Research to Practice: Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research


The Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (GFMER) in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) and other partners announces the online training course on research methodology in sexual and reproductive health for 2017: “From Research to Practice: Training in Sexual and Reproductive Health Research“. This course is an appropriate training package that meets the needs of health care providers and other professionals involved in research in many countries.

The course aims to provide health professionals with knowledge, skills and competencies in sexual and reproductive health, as well as research in this field, especially for those health care providers whose access to learning is limited by time, financial resources or other constraints and for whom access to quality education in the field of sexual and reproductive health is limited.

With this training program, participants will learn from first-hand health experiences of day-to-day and long-term challenges in the field of reproductive health and research.

What distinguishes this course from others is that the participants can build direct contact with WHO (Department of Reproductive Health and Research) and other important research institutions. This can strengthen professional networks for the participants and open new opportunities in their careers if they are motivated and have innovative ideas and ambitions.


Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research (WHO Collaborating Centre in Education and Research in Human Reproduction)

UNDP/UNFPA/WHO/World Bank Special Program for Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction, Department of Reproductive Health and Research; Family and Community Health Cluster (WHO/RHR)

Maternal Health Taskforce, Harvard School of Public Health.

Oxford Maternal and Perinatal Health Institute and The Global Health Network, Oxford University.

Course Duration

May – November 2017 7 months distance learning
September 2018 One week intensive training in WHO Geneva, Switzerland

Course Content

The course content is designed to address a wide range of contemporary reproductive and sexual health problems, as well as research in this field.

Course Modules

  • Core module on research methodology
  • Maternal and perinatal health
  • Sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS
  • Adolescent sexual and reproductive health
  • Family planning
  • Community genetics
  • Sexual reproductive rights


A total of 43 teachers from the World Health Organization, Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research and other national and international institutions are involved in teaching and tutorship for this course.

Learning Methods

The online and interactive course, facilitated by country coordinators and coaches, is developed using a combination of the following teaching tools and technologies:

  • Online presentations: including synchronous (real-time) presentations and/or playback.
  • Individual mentoring and follow-up: feedback and consultation with the course mentors via email and/or audio/video chat.
  • Assignment of a personal coach to each student.
  • Online interaction with peers and tutors: forums, news groups and audio/video chat.
  • Evaluations by the mentors and course coordinators: assignments are submitted electronically and the mentors and course coordinators provide timely feedback.

The course is divided into modules. For each course module, participants will receive assignments from the coordinator of that particular module. During the orientation phase of the course, participants will be informed about the requirements of assignments. Teachers will determine the appropriate time frame for the participants to complete their work. Participants will be instructed on how to submit their work for evaluation and when and how they will receive feedback.

Intensive Training Course in Geneva:

Participants with high scores and relevant research projects will be invited to participate in an intensive training course organized in the WHO Head Quarters in Geneva. This training will give participants the opportunity to further develop their research project and to meet, in person, WHO staff and other researchers.

Teaching Language

The teaching language of the course is English. For the preparation of the research project, both English and French can be used. In order to follow the course, however, it is of the utmost importance that the participant’s level of English comprehension is adequate.


The performance of the participants will be supervised by the personal coaches, course coordinators and module coordinators. The final assessment of the participants and selection of candidates for the intensive training course at WHO in Geneva is done by a scientific committee.

Throughout the course, the participants will receive assignments for each module. They will also receive advice from the course coordinators, module coordinators, as well as by teachers and personal coaches.

In order to obtain the course certificate, participants will have to prepare a research project, under the guidance of a tutor.


After completing the required course attendance and having passed the exams, the participant will obtain a certificate delivered by the organizing institutions.

Application deadline

The deadline for receipt of applications is April 15, 2017.

Contact Person:

Dr. Karim Abawi, MD, MPH, MSc

Project Manager, Education & Research


Phone: +41223467716, Mobile: +41763756722

Skype: coordinatorgfmer


Source: Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research