Designing Your Research Study

Event details


  • 1 & 2 March 2022 Half days (Online)
  • 8 & 9 August 2022 Half days (Online)

Please note that the course dates and/or venue may be subject to change. 

Time: 9.00am -  1.00pm

  • March Course: Online via Zoom
  • August Course: Online via Zoom

Duration: 2 x half days

University of Melbourne
This course is delivered by Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit (CEBU), a working partnership between MCRI and the University of Melbourne.


  • $170.00 for internal applicants ** Melbourne Children’s campus staff (MCRI, RCH and Uni Melb Dept of Paediatrics)
  • $350.00 for external full-time students 
  • $350.00 MACH-affiliated clinical fellows (please enter institution name)
  • $450.00 for external applicants with no appointment on Melbourne Children’s campus 

Course Details

Before undertaking any kind of research it is vitally important to clearly articulate the questions that we wish to ask, understand the challenges inherent in answering different types of questions, and ensure that our study design and analysis methods are suitably aligned. This one-day workshop provides an overview of the issues involved in designing a clinical or population-health study. 
Topics covered in the course include:

  • Types of research questions (causal, predictive, descriptive)
  • Developing the research question
  • Study design and outcome measures
  • Protocol development
  • Analysis planning

Materials supplied: A full set of course notes will be made available in electronic format 

Participants to supply: N/A

Payment and registration

Please note: in general this is a two-step process, you must arrange payment & then register on Trybooking

Payment via Unimarket (for internal MCRI staff only):

  1. Payment must be made via Unimarket. Staff must not make credit card payments and seek reimbursement from an MCRI cost centre as this is not permitted.
    Access Unimarket or from the MCRI intranet homepage. Log in and search for CEBU as a supplier. Click on CEBU courses and add the required course to the shopping cart the CEBU course/s you wish to enrol in. The GL account for training is 34460. Instructions on using Unimarket are on the MCRI Intranet. Once your Cost Centre manager approves it, CEBU will email you with the promotional code to register for the course.

  2. Registration: Use the code obtained in Step 1 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
    Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by invoice (for RCH employees and approved external organisations):

  1. Email us, providing full details of your name, organisation name and the name and email address of the person responsible for payment.  Include the course name and date (many of our courses are run multiple times) and the cost of the course.

  2. CEBU will issue the invoice and then provide you with a code so you can register for the course on the Trybooking site.

  3. Registration: Use the code obtained in Step 2 to register for the course on the Trybooking site 
    Note: your place in the course is not confirmed until you have registered via Trybooking.

Payment by credit card: Proceed directly to Trybooking and follow the prompts to make payment and register.
Please note there is a Trybooking fee of 50 cents per registration which will be applied when you register online.

Register for Foundations of Health Research Methods

Cancellation of registration: You can apply for a refund or request to change the course session to a different date, pending availability, within 7 calendar days prior to the course start date. No refunds or credits will be issued for cancellations or non-attendance after this time. 


Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins
Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics Unit (CEBU)
Murdoch Children’s Research Institute The Royal Children’s Hospital
Flemington Road

T: 9345 6368 (Fiona Snashall or Julie Perkins)