IHI has a dedicated training center to support our onsite training programs, located at the Bagamoyo Branch. The department coordinates all training and capacity building activities which includes an accredited Masters of Science in Public Health Research program in collaboration with Nelson Mandela African Institution for Science and Technology, and skill transfer short courses in different scientific disciplines based on key IHI research areas.
Training activities also include co-supervision of masters, doctoral and post-doctoral fellows from partner universities. Training facilities include a dedicated Training Center located in Bagamoyo, various IHI research platforms and ongoing research projects, which also provide training ground for several staff and students. IHI leverages its research platforms, expertise (senior researchers), networks with higher learning institutions (abroad and in Tanzania) to offer quality practical training to researchers, students, doctoral and post doc fellows. Available learning platforms include:
- Friendly data policy that allows access to our extensive data sets for learning or publication.
- Two Health and Demographic Surveillance Sites (HDSS) located in Kilombero/ Ulanga and Rufuji districts.
- BSL 2, 2+ and 3 laboratories located at Bagamoyo and Ifakara branches.
- Digital library offering access to multitudes of publications including digitized gray literature and published work.
- Semi field insectaries and experimental facilities at Bagamoyo and Ifakara branches for studies on mosquitoes in a safe and controlled environment and study of different species of mosquitoes .
- Several ongoing research projects at any given time, these offer opportunity for hands-on practical training in diverse areas and stages of research.
- Experienced researchers in various fields of health.
- Clinical Trials Facility capable of handling early-phase clinical trials
- High speed internet connection at all branches
- Presence in multiple sites in Tanzania and strong working relationship with rural and urban communities in the country.
Capacity Building in Malaria
Course Objectives: The course is designed to reinforce knowledge and expertise in malaria and to develop competence in self and e-learning. Graduates are expected to manage malaria issues more effectively and to develop basic training courses and material in their home institutions.
Structure of the Course: The course is offered by Ifakara Health Institute (IHI) in collaboration with the Swiss TPH at the former’s Training Center at Kingani in the Tanzania’s old capital, Bagamoyo. It lasts four weeks.
The course structure is modular and is taught using blended-learning approach. Each module lasts one-week (5 days). On the first day of the week day, Monday, participants receive questions on the topic of the week. Under the mentorship of facilitators, while working with their peers using literature search (internet), the course participants complete their assignments and present to the entire group on the last day of the week day, Friday.
In addition to the self-directed learning, the module includes one lecture every day and one educational visit each week. The study time for the four weeks is approximately 200 hours – of which 40 hours is for pre-residential preparations such as speed talks and 160 hours for course work.
Facilitators: Facilitators of the course are drawn from a pool of iinternational and national experts from malaria affected and non-affected countries. They are selected for their area of expertise, teaching skills and willingness to be deeply involved in the engaging learning process.
Life sciences, health systems and public health research
Short course are offered on regular basis at IHI training centre in Bagamoyo. The courses target statisticians, research officers, project/program officers, health managers, district/regional medical officers, academicians, health secretaries, under graduate and post graduate students.
Short course offered include: Social determinants of Health; Systematic reviews; Data analysis; Writing for publication and Grants; Literature Management (Mindmapping, search strategies, citation and reference Management and Plagiarism); Basic and advanced statistical analysis methods (qualitative, quantitative and mixed method); Geographic Information Systems and Environmental Modelling; Economic evaluation of health programs, and Project management.
Others include: Modeling for infectious diseases; Essential research skills for vector biologists; Essential R skills for vector biologists; and Media communication.
In many instances, IHI offers these short courses ion partnership with other institutions and collaborators. In other cases however, specialist IHI staff may offer specific targeted courses as well. The Training and Capacity Building Department manages the annual time tables for these courses.
Advanced postgraduate training in public health research
Researchers working with IHI receive professional training inside and outside the country. Several PhDs level professionals and a number of MSc students also use IHI as their training platform.
Through leveraging of its rich and diverse research platforms IHI is a preferred training ground for post doctoral research fellows from all over the world.In recent years, IHI has greatly enhanced its efforts in advanced research and training. This process has allowed us to significantly improve our research outputs and expand career development opportunities for young researchers in Tanzania and beyond.
The current demographics of our research staff, with a median age of <40, and their scientific productivity are a testament to this potential.
We currently generate over 150 peer-reviewed scientific publications per year, and a growing number of patent submissions. IHI also has a strong training program, with our students registered in partner universities in Africa, Europe and the Americas.
We graduate more than 10 Masters and 5-8 PhDs annually. IHI post graduate researchers regularly present their work in international conferences, and engage widely with various stake holders and funding partners.
Masters program in public health research
The program is designed for young university graduates who are interested in becoming public health researchers. Modules are suited for a complete Masters degree, but can also be taken in parts as a foundation for PhD candidates.
The program is delivered within the mandate of the Nelson Mandela African Institution for Science and Technology- Arusha (NM-AIST) in line with the MoU between IHI and NM-AIST. This is a two-years programme divided into two parts, with 12 months of course work and 12 months of research.
Graduates can pursue specializations in areas of intervention research, health system research or determinants of health and diseases. The course work is conducted at IHI Training Centre- Bagamoyo.