Target Group:

Professional and Semi-professional employees, students in higher education Maximum of 30 participants.


University-community partnership activities play an important role in economic and cultural development of any population. Resources available at a university should be efficiently used to improve living standards of the community members. Short courses on different technical and educational subjects would facilitate work force in a country who did not have any formal educational qualifications in a given field. Knowledge and relevant skills in research and statistical methods are essential to many semi-professional and professional grade employees in the government and private sector to provide an effective service to the community. There is a demand for such courses from many students who are engaged in certificate, diploma and undergraduate courses. This short course is therefore designed to provide basic knowledge and skills in health and social science research methods and statistics for semi-professional and professional employees and students in tertiary and higher education institutes in the southern province.



The aim of the course is to introduce health and social research methods and the basic statistical concepts and methods commonly used in social and health research.
By the end of the course, students will be able to:

    • explain basic concepts of research methodology and different study designs
    • develop a research protocol
    • identify and use appropriate sampling methods for research in their own fields.
    • appreciate the role of statistical methods in community research.
    • develop skills in presenting quantitative data using appropriate displays, tabulations and summaries
    • select and use appropriate statistical methods in the analysis of simple datasets
    • understand and interpret output from statistical analyses
    • present findings based on statistical analysis in a clear, concise and understandable manner.


At the end of the course the participants will be able to

  1. develop a research proposal using an appropriate design and
  2.  to collect, analyze and disseminate research findings in a professional way.

Course content:

  1. Basic concepts in research methodology
  2. Study designs
  3. Sampling methods
  4. Basic statistical techniques
  5. Data collection techniques
  6. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis
  7. Ethical considerations
  8. Report writing
  9. Dissemination of findings


Two months. (3 days per week, Friday, Saturday and Sunday). Hands-on experience on computer data entering and analyzing will be provided.

Certificate :

Participants who successfully completed the course will be awarded with university approved certificate.

Course Fee:

Rs. 15,000/= per candidate

Further Details :

Dr. Bilesha Perera
Department of Community Medicine
Faculty of Medicine