An introduction and practical guide to community engagement and involvement in global health research – online course


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  • Co-production
  • Getting started: involving people
  • Impact and evaluation
  • inclusive-involvement
  • Working with communities

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  • Course materials


  • NIHR & Mesh Community Engagement

Publication date:

  • 7th May 2024

Date added to Learning for Involvement:

  • 20th May 2024
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We are delighted to share this free online course in community engagement and involvement (CEI) in global health research.
The aim of this course is to develop learners' understanding and knowledge of CEI, supporting their ability to plan and design ethical and impactful CEI in health research. In progressing through the modules, learners will gain a better understanding and appreciation of the terms used for CEI, the broad range of CEI aims and approaches, and the overall value of CEI. The 7 course modules have been authored and peer reviewed by specialists in the area of CEI.

Who is this course for? This course is open to all with an interest in CEI in health research including:
- Early career CEI practitioners who want to learn about the theory and practice of CEI
- Experienced CEI practitioners who feel they want to affirm good practice
- Researchers with an interest in learning about CEI, or who want to start planning a CEI strategy
- Research funders and managers
- Learners in the Global North with an interest in patient and public involvement (PPI) and community engagement

The modules can be undertaken in any order or individually depending on learner needs. After successful completion of each end-of-module quiz, a certificate can be obtained.

Course Modules:
1. Understanding Community Engagement (CEI) in Health Research
2. Justifying CEI, Considering Stakeholders and Engaging Policymakers
3. Ethical CEI
4. Principles and Models for CEI
5. Approaches and Methods for CEI
6. CEI Partnerships, Relationships and Project Planning
7. Evaluation of CEI

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