… to comprehend and interpret basic epidemiological and biostatistics concepts used in scientific medical literature

“We need courses such as this training to empower us with the capacity to present evidence of best practice in order to have better impact on the health of the population”.

This was stated by one of the participants of a course offered by the Program for Continuous Education of Community Health Department (CHD), Aga Khan Health Service, Kenya .

The course on “Basic Epidemiology and Biostatistics” was offered from Tuesday Aug 21st to Saturday Aug 25th 2012 at a local beach hotel in Mombasa .

The purpose of the course was to comprehend and interpret basic epidemiological and biostatistics concepts and terms commonly used in scientific medical literature and develop and strengthen basic knowledge which enables them to promote their learning and skills required for advanced learning in Epidemiology and Biostatistics.

The participants of the course were attending from different health sectors such as government, both urban and rural, provincial and district health officers, health manager from private hospital in Mombasa , and health managers from Aga Khan School of Nursing.

It was also attended by two health managers from Aga Khan health project in Tanzania “Joining Hands Initiative”.

The course was developed and facilitated by the faculty members from University of Alberta , Canada and members of CHD, Mombasa .

The course was designed with a purpose to allow knowledge gaining and sharing through morning classroom sessions, and facilitated afternoon group work sessions utilized to practice the knowledge gained using specially prepared case studies and data.

This element of practical demonstration was well received by the participants.

CHD will continue to offer such courses in future due to positive feedback from participants.

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