Over four weeks, this free online course will:
- look at the factors that affect the reliability of evidence;
- provide practical help on how to find the best evidence;
- improve your understanding of the terminology of health research;
- and give you some simple tools to help judge whether you can believe it.
The issues raised in the course are examined in a series of weekly case studies which provide a framework to discuss wider issues with health research. Topics include the Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR) vaccine, the use of drugs in pregnancy and the impact of dehydration on our ability to function.
As part of the course, we want to develop a freely-available resource bank that points people to sources of good evidence throughout the world. As a learner, we would like you to be involved in this, by identifying the best evidence-based health resources in your country and acting as a quality checker.
The team of educators on the course come from a range of disciplines, including health, social sciences and journalism, and teach courses at all levels on how to understand research and use it effectively.