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 on Basic Quantitative Research Methodology

This is an introductory course for people interested in learning quantitative research methods. The course will provide an overview of the different components of the quantitative research process which will include research questions, research hypothesis, study designs, sample size, sampling techniques, data collection methods, and a brief introduction to data analysis.


  1. Formulating research questions
  2. Identifying suitable study designs to answer the research questions
  3. Calculating sample size
  4. Utilizing different sampling techniques
  5. Data collection methods and instruments
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This short course is designed to teach how to conduct cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis with hands-on training incorporating practical exercises with examples.


  1. Fundamentals and principles of economic evaluation
  2. Cost-effectiveness and cost-benefit analysis with examples
  3. Cost calculation (i.e., marginal vs. average costs, type of costs, how to value costs, how to discount future costs, how to deal with uncertainty around these estimates) and Cost analysis
  4. Fundamental methods for measuring health-related quality of life (QALYs), disability-adjusted life years (DALYs) and other measures of health outcome
  5. Benefit calculation (how to monetize benefits, how to discount future benefits, how to calculate Internal Rate Return, Benefit Cost Ratio with their interpretation)
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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