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Research and Project Coordination in Global Health

Winter Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, January 8, 2024
End Date
Friday, January 12, 2024
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 1:30 - 4:30pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2023 - 2024
Recent global health graduates often accept jobs in research and project coordination and bring a strong technical knowledge of the work, but how does one learn the specific skills required for effectively coordinating complex research and global health projects?
Provides a roadmap for the tangible and transferable skills needed to work as an effective coordinator in the field of global health. Covers modules on: 1) setting up and coordinating global health research studies; 2) obtaining institutional & local ethical approvals; 3) learning about managing up, down and across multiple teams; 4) working within grant timelines and meeting deliverable schedules; 5) tools for time and task management, and communication across multinational teams; and 6) supporting and coordinating plans for disseminating study findings to local and global stakeholders. Focuses on cultural competency and equitable engagement, and each module is taught through that lens. Brings in perspectives and expertise of global partners to engage students and help them acquire the tools and inside knowledge needed to thrive in a coordination role.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Anticipate challenges and develop strategies to overcome barriers to research coordination
  2. Create and follow timelines and deliverable schedules to manage tasks across teams
  3. Explain the value of culturally competent approaches to collaborating with multinational teams and apply the concepts to their current or future coordination role
  4. Conduct a rapid assessment to understand the problem landscape, frameworks, and methodologies frequently used in global health research
  5. Assess the position and influence of key stakeholders relevant to their study, including plans for strategic engagement
  6. Identify avenues for sharing of study findings and understand the process for employing dissemination approaches (e.g., manuscript preparation, donor reports, stakeholder meetings)
  7. Develop, interpret, and apply conceptual frameworks to convey complex findings and concepts in manuscripts and other dissemination products
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 25% Participation
  • 30% Reflection
  • 45% Final Project