This year Swati Piramal was elected to the Harvard Board
of Overseers, a 350 year old governing board of Harvard University
for a term of 6 years. She has been frequently asked how that would
benefit her own country. She wanted to bring the best of Harvard to
India and as a first step has ensured the initiation of a Free Online
Course on Clinical Research.
One of the big shortages we have in Indian science is the lack of
research curriculum in our medical training. India has over 900,000
doctors but few are trained to be physician scientists. This is a
glaring gap in our country. Medical doctors trained in the science of
quantitative methods can become top professionals in clinical research
and become investigators for trials. Some months ago, Swati mooted the
idea of training for doctors in research methods to the Harvard School
of Public Health and was pleased that they responded with the first
ever Edx course in Clinical research which is online training in
Quantitative Methods in Clinical and Public Health Research.
This course has got a huge worldwide response, with over 10,000 people
already registered. Swati’s personal goal is to enroll at least 2000
doctors /health professionals/ students interested in research, from
India for this introductory course, which is free. The faculty is
world class and have made a great contribution to global health.
Please get as many people to enroll as possible. Share this with
others who may be interested in clinical research. Please help to
circulate to faculty/ students and others interested in research.
Free Online Harvard School of Public Health Course on Clinical
Research Premieres in October for a Global Audience
To learn more about the free, three-month online course and to sign
up, go to the following web address:
How to register.
Anyone can register for this course at the following address.
The Course Number is PH207x
Classes Start Oct 15, 2012
Classes End Jan 18, 2013
People interested in taking the course should estimate that it will
require about 10 hours per week of effort.
About the Faculty
The course is taught by two well respected Harvard School of Public
Health professors, Earl Francis Cook and Marcello Pagano.