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creo™ Express (Comprehensive Research Education Online)



creo™ Express (Comprehensive Research Education Online) provides a brief overview of key research design and method concepts through which novice to experienced health researchers, staff, trainees and physicians can increase their research literacy. Participants can further build their research capacity through interactive discussion boards with peers and experts, lessons about a range of topics fundamental to excellence in health research, and references to support an understanding of research design.

Why Take This Micro-Learning?

  • Build your research capacity and literacy
  • Uses common language and engaging graphics to distill the essential concepts of research into key take-home messages
  • Self-directed, engaging course, delivered entirely online
  • Enrol anytime
  • 10 hours of learning, to be completed at your own pace within three months
  • Free tuition may be available for current residents of Nova Scotia
  • This Program is eligible for 2 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through the Canadian College of Health Information Management
  • Also available in Pro version
  • There are no application prerequisites for this program
  • Approximately 10 hours
  • Take up to 3 months to complete, at your own pace
  • $100 for Canadians
  • $200 for International Students
  • No additional material costs or fees

Please note: Current residents of Nova Scotia working in healthcare may be eligible for free creo Express registration. To determine eligibility, please contact before you begin the enrolment or payment process.

By the end of this course you will have a solid understanding of the key elements of health research. You will have increased your research literacy and skills and your ability to apply them to decision-making and knowledge translation.

Unit 1: Research Methods

  • Methodological Approaches
  • Observational Approaches: Cohort Studies
  • Case- Control Studies and Case Studies
  • Case Series Studies, Cross Sectional Studies and Serial Survey Studies
  • Experimental Approaches: Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT)
  • Factorial Randomized Controlled Trial and Equivalence Trial/Non-Inferiority Trial

Unit 2: Tests and Measures

  • Types Of Tests and Measures
  • When and Why you Should Construct a Survey
  • Unit Considerations
  • Understanding Reliability
  • Understanding Validity
  • Weighting Out the Types Of Surveys
  • Assessing Overall Survey Design
  • Examples of Measuring Response
  • The Four Stages of Pretesting
  • The Dillman Method

Unit 3: Statistics

  • General Advice
  • Developing An Analysis Plan
  • Descriptive Statistics for Continuous Variables
  • Descriptive Statistics for Categorical Variables
  • Descriptive Statistics for Different Types of Variables
  • Inferential Statistics
  • Best Practices for All Inferential Statistics
  • Sample Size Estimation
  • Effect Sizes

Unit 4: Qualitative Design

  • Quick Reference of the 5 Approaches to Qualitative Research
  • Understanding Ethnography
  • Understanding Case Studies
  • Phenomenology, Grounded Theory & Narrative Research
  • Deductive Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis
  • Inductive Approaches to Qualitative Data Analysis
  • A Few Important Design Considerations

Unit 5: Grantsmanship

  • Important Points to Consider Before You Get Started
  • Where To Go for Funding
  • Structuring Your Grant
  • How To Tell The Story
  • Writing Tips
  • What to Expect from the Reviewers

Unit 6: Knowledge Translation

  • Knowledge Translation (KT) Definitions
  • A Closer Look at the Canadian Institute Of Health Research (CIHR) Model
  • The Challenges of KT
  • 5 Things You Should Consider

Unit 7: Critical Appraisal

  • What is Critical Appraisal?
  • Sources of Evidence
  • Evaluate Objectives and Rationale
  • Questions To Ask As You Critically Appraise An Article
  • Evaluate The Conclusions

creo™ Express (Comprehensive Research Education Online) Quick FAQ

  • What will I achieve at the completion of this course?

    You will receive a certificate in creo Express, jointly issued by CHA Learning and Izaak Walton Killam Health Centre, upon successful completion of the course.

  • What is the difference between creo Express and creo Pro?

    The creo course is available in two versions: Express, and Pro. The table below provides an overview of each offering.

    creo™ Expresscreo™ Pro
    Length10 hours
    3 months to complete
    30 hours
    6 months to complete
    Cost$100.00 for Canadian students
    $200.00 for international students
    $395.00 for Canadian students
    $495.00 for international students
    TopicsBrief overview of key concepts of:
    • Research Methods
    • Tests and Measures
    • Statistics
    • Qualitative Design
    • Grantsmanship
    • Knowledge Translation
    • Critical Appraisal
    In-depth coverage of:
    • Research Methods
    • Tests and Measures
    • Statistics
    • Qualitative Design
    • Grantsmanship
    • Knowledge Translation
    • Critical Appraisal
    • Developing a Research Question
    Interactive Learning• Opportunities to interact with colleagues
    • Reflective assessments
    • Online forum
    • Access to peer network
    • Quizzes
    • Examination
    • Opportunities to interact with colleagues
    • Reflective assessments
    • Online Forum
    • Access to peer network
    • Quizzes
    • ExaminationPlus:
    • Expert faculty available for one-on-one discussion and feedback
    • Designated time for focused learning through peer discussion
    • Faculty coaching and support
    • Case studies and lesson activities
    • Data analysis tool
    • Videos
  • Is this course only for researchers?

    creo Express is designed for health professionals, trainees, leaders and physicians in health organizations of all sizes, who are seeking to increase their own research literacy and skills.

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