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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Short course

Health Economics and Non-Communicable Diseases (NCD) Policies

In this course, we will discuss key concepts of health economics, NCD policies implementation of NCD policies, and approaches to develop and implement policies to prevent and control non-communicable diseases in lower- and middle-income countries. After completing this course, the participants will be able to apply the knowledge and skills to develop, and critically analyze NCD policies through a health economics lens and implement NCD policies. The initial course is free of cost as the funding to run this course comes from the National Institute for Health and Care Research.


  1. Develop an understanding on the key concepts of health economics relevant to NCD prevention and control
  2. Develop an understanding on the key concepts of policy analysis
  3. Learn about the global and regional NCD prevention and control policies
  4. Develop an understanding on the formulation, analysis and implementation of NCD prevention and control policies
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Short course

Qualitative Data Analysis using NVivo 12 Pro

The course blends lectures on basic concepts of qualitative data analysis with hands-on exercises using NVivo, along with how to write and present qualitative findings.


NVivo is a powerful qualitative data analysis software used by researchers in public sector institutes, NGOs, academia, research institutions and other civil society organizations involved in qualitative/mixed method projects worldwide. It helps to organize, analyze and find insights in qualitative data. In this workshop, you will gain practical experience learning the software's key functions and how to use it for qualitative analysis. Participants can walk out of the classroom and start using NVivo in their projects immediately!

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Short course


This three-day course will provide participants with an introduction to basic components of systematic reviews; from research question to protocol development, data collection, analysis and interpretation.


  1. Introduction to and rationale of systematic reviews in health research
  2. Question formulation and protocol development
  3. Sources of evidence and searching for literature
  4. Screening relevant literature by applying inclusion/exclusion criteria
  5. Critical appraisal of evidence using standardized quality checklists
  6. Develop a data extraction form, extract and manage relevant outcomes from included studies
  7. Select appropriate methods of evidence synthesis and be able to describe and summarize key results
  8. Qualitative approaches: Framework analysis
  9. Quantitative Approaches: Narrative Synthesis, Meta-Analysis
  10. Writing reports following standard formats for systematic reviews
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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