Diploma in Field Epidemiology Training Program (DFE)

Outline of Study Protocol / Proposal for short studies and Long Project
The public health problem worthy of investigation
Supportive evidence for the importance of the problem
Statement of the purpose of your study
Statement of how your study addresses the main problem
This section should briefly describe folowings on 1-2 pages
Study Design: including time period for study
Study Area
Study Population
Definition : Operational definitions of case, control, cohort, exposure, outcome, inclusion and exclusion criteria
Data Collection
Sources of data
Type of data collection instrument
Designing data collection instruments
List of factors to be studies
Need of permissions to proceed
Pilot study /Pretest
Field work
Consent procedures
Supervisory mechanisms
Laboratory methids
Report Writing
Type of reports, target audience and time line.
Enlist all activities (with timeline) of the entire research process - from hypothesis to data analyses and reporting the results in a tabular form or Gantt chart
Give ample time for approvals
Indicate the cost of manpower, travel, stationery and equipment needed  to carry out the study
Data Analysis Plan
Briefly how the data will be coded, entered in computer and software to used. Briefly describe the type of analyses to be
performed and statistical tests to be applied.
This section (around one page double-spaced) is similar to the introduction of a published scientific paper. The
introduction should include:
Field Epidemiology Training Program
Assistant Agency for Preventive Health, Agency for Public Health
Ministry of Health, Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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