As a partnership in core research methods support between MCRI and University of Melbourne, CEBU provides a comprehensive range of short courses in the methods of clinical and population health research, including conceptualisation, design and statistical analysis. The courses are very practically oriented, with much of the work done in small groups working on realistic examples. The Research Methods courses teach the core concepts of how to design and analyse a research study that involves recruiting human participants, collecting (quantitative) data on them, and analysing those data. Additional courses in data management and recommended software tools (Stata, R and REDCap) provide the basic tools needed to conduct a research study.
The core sequence of Research Methods courses has been redesigned in 2020. It is strongly recommended that these three courses be taken in sequence, because they build explicitly on each other.