SHORT COURSE 2014: Randomized controlled trials

The Division of Community Health, Stellenbosch University, Cape Town, South Africa will be offering the short course on Randomised Controlled Trials (RCT) from July – November 2014.

The course will enable participants to understand the methods of and prepare a protocol for conducting a RCT to answer a clearly defined question of their choice.

The course is offered using a combination of contact time in the class and self study using an online learning management system. The course will commence on 17 July 2014. Dates for contact time:

  • Pre-block session 08h30-16h30 on 5 August
  • Block 08:30 – 17:00 on 1-3 September 

Students are required to follow the self study guides and participate fully in the course by completing self-assessments, quizzes and participate in online discussions. Participants are required to complete assignments during the course and write an examination at the end of the course.  

Prerequisites: must have previously attended courses on

  • Biostatistics
  • Basic epidemiology

Cost: The costs (course fees) of student participation through Makarere University will be funded through the Arcade project.

Makarere University students will participate in contact sessions via a video link and will not be required to attend the contact sessions in person.

Closing date of applications:  1 July 2014

If you are interested, please contact Chrystal White at or + 27 21 938 9157 for information on the application process.

Please contact Professor David Gawatudde of Makarere University at or Dr H Mahomed of Stellenbosch University at if you have any enquiries.

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