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The demand for well trained personnel in the fields of population and reproductive health research, planning and policy formulation has increased rapidly over the last several years. This increase is related to a growing recognition that improving human resources through appropriate training can make significant contributions to economic and social development. Unfortunately, the supply of high quality training opportunities has not kept pace with the demand. In addition, the training that is available is often not accessible to applicants from developing countries because of high costs or because the duration of courses are too long. IPSR has started a short course program with the objective of meeting the demand for courses that are of short duration, reasonably priced, of high quality and are relevant to the needs of researchers and practitioners in a variety of fields.


A feature of the program of short courses is the flexibility that we offer both applicants and sponsors. Although tailored courses can be arranged for small groups of trainees, we will also offer regular courses. These courses, which are integrated into our International Master's degree training program, are arranged into three blocks, each with two related courses. The duration of each block is approximately 2 months (8 weeks). Trainees can participate in the courses in a block. Trainees may also take more than one block of courses. Upon request, trainees can also combine participation in one or more of the scheduled courses with other training that is specially designed to suit the interests and needs of the applicant.

The short course program will run for a six month period between mid-September and mid-March. The first block of courses will consist of courses related to Population Studies, the second block will consist of courses related to Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS, and the third block is comprised of courses that provide training in Research Methods.


BLOCK 1: Population Studies

  1. Substantive Demography: Trainees are oriented to fundamental concepts in the study of human populations, including their size, structure and distribution. Factors affecting population change, such as ethnic, social and economic structure are also discussed. Participants in the course are introduced to demographic theories and their applications for population and reproductive health research. Topics covered include fertility, nuptiality, mortality and migration. Discussion is geared towards understanding implications of these demographic processes for reproductive health.
  2. Analytical Techniques in Demography: This course introduces trainees to standard techniques of demographic analysis. The methods taught include measurement of fertility, family planning, nuptiality, mortality, life table methods, migration, and population estimates and projections.  The course is taught through a combination of lectures and exercises.

BLOCK 2: Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

  1. Reproductive Health: Perspectives and Important Issues: This course provides trainees with substantive knowledge in the major areas of reproductive health, namely: fertility and family planning, sexually transmitted diseases including HIV/AIDS, reproductive tract infections, maternal and child health, abortion, special reproductive health needs of adolescents, and menopause. Relevant policy issues will be explored and discussed.
  2. Behavioral and Social Dimensions of AIDS: This course presents the behavioral and social perspectives, concepts and data necessary for understanding human behavior related to STDs and HIV/AIDS. The sexual behavior of both males and females within a variety of sociocultural contexts will be discussed in order to gain insight into the AIDS epidemic and to assist in understanding policy options and program implications.

BLOCK 3 Research Methods

  1. Social Research Methodology: This course aims to familiarize trainees with the art and science of quantitative and qualitative research techniques and procedures for population, reproductive health and HIV/AIDS research. Major topics to be discussed include defining research objectives, formulating the conceptual framework and hypotheses, sample design, techniques of data collection, data management and analysis, and report writing.
  2. Statistics for Social Analysis: This course provides a general introduction to the standard descriptive and inferential statistical methods used in social science research. Statistical techniques covered include bivariate and multivariate techniques. The emphasis of the course is on understanding the logic of the techniques and the ability to interpret statistical results. Trainees undertake exercises using the different methods, with the examples drawn from data dealing with reproductive health. In addition, the SPSS PC+ program is taught in order that trainees can use the computer to carry out their analyses.


Qualitative Data Analysis: A Step-by-Step Approach

This special module provides students/ participants with conceptual and practical skills for qualitative data analysis and interpretation. Step-by-step, the students/ participants will be equipped with the ability to efficiently sort, group, transform data and experiences into concepts, and these into patterns of relationships and new ideas, and then to put them together in a report form to communicate findings of the research project to others.

BLOCK 4 Gender & Health

Gender Roles and Health Development

This course is designed for those interested in designing and implementing gender awareness policies and need specific training in appropriate issues and techniques. The course will give individuals working in a wide range of institutional situations, programme and project based, governmental organizations the opportunity to acquire a thorough grounding in conceptual and analytical and applied techniques relevant to their responsibilities in gender and development. This course uses the gender concepts and analytical framework to examine health development issues and strategies broadly within the development planner's understanding of gender relations with a range of sectoral issues including health, family planning and maternal and child health care, sexuality, AIDS, violence and the policy.

BLOCK 5 : Monitoring and Evaluation

Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and Reproductive Health Programs

This course offers the basic concepts of monitoring and evaluation of population and reproductive health programs. The designs of program monitoring and evaluation is explained with examples drawn from the Thai and international literature. Statistical methods for program monitoring and evaluation are also included

Short Course Training Schedule for 2018-2019

Block Course


(Each subject costs)

1. Population Studies - Substantive Demography
- Analytical Techniques in Demography 
US$ 2,000. From August to October
2. Reproductive Health and AIDS - Perspectives and Key Issues in Sexual and Reproductive Health
- Behavioral and Social Dimensions of AIDS
US$ 2,000.- From October to December
3. Research Methodology - Social Research Methodology
- Seminar on Population and Sexual and Reproductive Health
US$ 2,000.- From January to March
4. Methodology and techniques & Issue-based - Statistics for Social Analysis
- Data Management for Quantitative Research
- Monitoring and Evaluation of Population and SRH Programs
- Statistical Techniques for Multivariate Analysis
- Gender Roles and Health Development
- Migration and Health
- Social Determinants of Health
- Population, environment and health
US$ 2,000.- From March to May


Application Form


IPSR will select trainees on the basis of relevance of work experience and their stated reasons for applying for training. Applicants with a bachelor's degree or higher are preferred. Courses are conducted in English. Trainees will be required to read extensively, submit written materials and conduct presentations in English. It is, therefore, expected that applicants will have a good command of the English language.


Tuition fees are US$ 4,000 per block, except for special module, block 4 and 5.  Trainees are also responsible for their airfares, living expenses and other incidental costs. Basic living expenses are estimated at $US 600 a month.


The application form attached as part of this brochure should be completed and returned at least two months before the start of the commencement of the course(s) that the applicant wishes to attend.  It is the responsibility of the applicant to arrange their own funding.  In the application the source of funds must be specified.


IPSR will assist trainees to find accommodation for the duration of their course. Accommodation is not available for family members of trainees.


Application Form


Program Director
Short-term Training Program
Institute for Population and Social Research, Mahidol University, Salaya, Putthamonthon, Nakhon Pathom 73170 THAILAND 
Tel (662) 441-0201-4  Ext. 621,
E-mail: aphichat.cha@mahidol.ac.th


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