Training Programs and Workshop

Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative: Short course

BBNC Short Course
The Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative has successfully conducted the 2-week short course in International Nutrition Research Methods since 7 years and is planning to continue it in 2017.
Course Objectives:
Explore the role of nutritional factors and health outcomes, through critical evaluation of the scientific literature and exploration of demographic, epidemiological, biological, social, political, and economic determinants
Gain substantive knowledge in topic areas related to public health nutrition research, including: clinical nutrition, physiology, biochemistry, and molecular nutrition
Enhance methodological skills in areas of nutritional, infectious disease, and chronic disease epidemiology, with emphasis on clinical, research, and laboratory areas
Discuss the latest findings from epidemiologic studies on the role of nutrition in the prevention, care, and treatment of health outcomes - including interpretation and synthesis of research findings, potential mechanisms, study design limitations, and public health implications - and integrate research findings to inform public health recommendations and program design and implementation, based on current evidence

Who can Apply:
Potential candidates may be currently involved in nutrition, clinical, research, program, policy, or laboratory work, including medical students, physicians and allied health professionals. Junior faculty in medicine, nursing, and public health at academic institutions throughout India are also invited to participate in this training program. Candidates should demonstrate a strong commitment to public health practice and/or research.

Course Fee:
There is no course fee for participants from India. The candidates will be selected on competitive selection method. The candidates will be provided with the course manual (including background reading material and handouts), and relevant books.

Food and stay arrangements at St. Johns will be made by Bangalore Boston Nutrition Collaborative (BBNC). Travel costs (train) will be reimbursed to participants from India.

To Apply:
Application is available at:

The Course:
Didactic lectures and small group practical sessions will be given on the following topics:
Human Nutrition
Nutritional Physiology
Molecular Nutrition
Nutritional Assessment
Nutritional Biochemistry
Health Policy and Nutrition
Micronutrient Interventions
Ethics in Nutrition and Global Health
Nutrition in Humanitarian Emergencies
Principles of Biostatistics
Survey Methods and Data Analysis
Epidemiologic Research Methods
Nutritional Epidemiology
Infectious Disease Epidemiology
Obesity & Chronic Disease Epidemiology
Scientific Manuscript & Proposal Development
Using Internet to Extract Evidence 

NIH sponsored training in health research

St. John’s Medical College and Research Institute has substantial experience in running training programs in clinical research for health professionals and personnel involved in clinical research. We are a National Institutes of Health (NIH, USA) Centre of Excellence (CoE) to conduct clinical research studies and training in health research methods.

We have been conducting courses in Health Research Methods, Evidence Based Medicine and Data Management supported by the NIH, USA for the past 5 years as part of the Centre of Excellence Program.

Since 2009 we have trained about 1,000 health professionals from 32 cities and 60 Institutions. They include, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, ethics committee members, industry professionals, post graduate students, study coordinators, regulatory officials and health policy makers from India and other countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Kenya, Tanzania and the UK.

As part of our training activities in our CoE program, we conducted seven programs:


The objectives, method and participants are

Objective: To train motivated and dedicated young health professionals who will be able to design and implement research projects that are relevant in the Indian context.

Method: Candidates are selected based on research interests, project proposal, face to face interviews and support of the institution for research activities.

Participants: Health professionals (40 years of age and within 5 years of their Masters level or higher qualifications (MD, MS, DNB, DM, MCh), employed) 1 year on a regular basis in an Indian Medical Institution.

Theory and Practice of Epidemiology & Biostatistics (EpiBio)

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