Established in 2007, the Centre for Professional Skills Development in Public Health (CPSD) provides practical skill-based training for relevant public health priorities and needs, and encourages solution-oriented thinking to address practical real world challenges.

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The world’s evolving 21st century public health challenges demand continual technical, managerial and leadership skills in order to implement health projects, work cross-sectorally, build scientific knowledge, analyse and innovate locally relevant community solutions.

The School’s national and international training hub strengthens and upgrades the requisite professional skills analysed by practitioners, policymakers, development partners, government officials, public advocates, faculty, researchers and frontline health workers.

Approximately 6457 health and development professionals have received training from the School and in joint collaboration with icddr,b, partner institutions and development partners.


Skills Building Seminars and Workshops since inception


Diverse Global Facilitators


Trained Health and Development Professionals since inception


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During the past decade, there has been increasing use of qualitative research across various disciplines. It is now well acknowledged that the complexity of human life can not only be captured through quantitative means, but qualitative research is also needed to gain an understanding of the underlying reasons, opinions, and motivations of people. Our courses are particularly suited to those who are planning or working on projects with a qualitative and ethnographic dimension, our aims are to:

  1. Equip professionals, researchers, and policymakers with an understanding of the different methodological approaches to qualitative and ethnographic research
  2. Support the development of core skills in interviewing, running focus groups, conducting ethnographic observation, and data analysis.
  3. Combine the latest theory with the experience, knowledge, and enthusiasm of our research-active tutors
  4. Extend knowledge and skills through our specialist courses in NVivo, qualitative evidence synthesis, and observation and ethnography
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Writing scientific reports is a critical skill for researchers and development practitioners. There has been a visible gap among practitioners and researchers in Bangladesh regarding the ability to gather and analyse data, and critically interpret and discuss findings in writing. This course aims to bridge this gap by providing tangible skills to development practitioners and aspiring mid-level researchers for writing scientifically. Participants will also have preliminary ideas about converting a ‘good’ scientific report to a manuscript, including the basic steps of publication in peer-reviewed journals for career advancement.


  1. What is scientific writing; and why write a scientific report? Who is your audience?
  2. Where and how to begin the writing? How to do Literature review and write?
  3. What are the elements of scientific writing? And how to write the different sections?
  4. Scientific misconduct and ethical issues; plagiarism
  5. Formatting tables and figures, referencing; grammar, and style; revising the first draft.
  6. Transforming the report to a manuscript: what are the steps? Publication ethics.
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Short course on quantitative data analysis using STATA

This course is expected to provide participants with an introduction to STATA including data management, performing statistical analysis such as descriptive statistics, statistical tests and regression modeling, producing and interpreting statistical tables and graphs to display quantitative information.


  1. How to use statistical techniques to answer real-life quantitative research questions
  2. Basic data management skills using STATA
  3. Both basic and more advanced aspects of STATA techniques to produce statistical outputs
  4. Creating and interpreting tabular and graphical displays of statistical information
  5. Applying inferential statistical techniques to test specific research hypotheses
  6. The concept and application of linear and logistic regression models
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Practical skills based training to address relevant Public Health priorities and needs

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Solutions oriented thinking to address practical ‘real world’ challenges

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Interactive teaching and learning

Diverse expert facilitators- practitioners, policy makers and multi sectoral actors (i.e., Government, NGOs, INGOs, Civil Society, Private Sector)

Codesign critical competencies for professional trainings to ensure relevant capabilities are developed

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Immersive learning by visits to field sites:
Rural Urban Communities, Health Facilities (public, NGOs, private), Organisations (public, NGO, private)

Innovative tools for in-person, field-based and online learning


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Online capacity building training on qualitative research
Date: 25-26 August, 2020

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Online short course on basic quantitative research methods, data analysis and report writing
Date: 16-21 August, 2020

Previous Training

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Economic Evaluation: Skill Development on Cost-Effectiveness and Cost Benefit Analysis in Health Care (2019)
Date: 1 - 3 October, 2019

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Workshop on Fundamentals of Qualitative Research Thinking Qualitatively (2019)
Date: 17, 18 and 19 December, 2019

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Skill Development on Economic Evaluation and Prioritising for Universal Health Coverage (2018)
Date: 25 - 27 September, 2018