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creo™ Pro (Comprehensive Research Education Online)

Jointly designed and developed by the Izaak Walton Killam (IWK) Heath Centre and CHA Learning.



creo™ Pro was designed in response to an identified need to create novel modes of delivering research design and methodology training that is not constrained by topic, time or place.

Research is critical to achieving the best results in health care and creo™ Pro (Comprehensive Research Education Online) provides an in-depth course for novice to experienced health researchers, staff, trainees, and physicians to increase their research literacy and skills. The program is practical, jargon-free, interactive and engaging.

Why Take This Program?

  • Expert faculty available for one-on-one discussion and feedback
  • Interactive discussion boards with peers and experts
  • Cases and activities designed to apply concepts covered in each unit
  • Build your research capacity and literacy
  • Engaging course, delivered entirely online
  • Enrol anytime
  • 30 hours of learning, to be completed at your own pace within six months
  • Free tuition may be available for current residents of Nova Scotia
  • This Program is eligible for 4 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through the Canadian College of Health Information Management.
  • Also available in Express version
  • There are no prerequisites for this program
  • Approximately 30 hours
  • Take up to 6 months to complete, at your own pace
  • $395 for Canadians
  • $495 for International Students

Please note: Current residents of Nova Scotia working in healthcare may be eligible for free creo Pro registration. To determine eligibility, please contact prior to starting the enrolment and payment process.

By the end of this program you will have an in-depth understanding of the key elements of health research. Through application of the learning content and tools, you will have increased your research literacy and skills as well as your ability to apply them to decision-making and knowledge translation.

Unit 1: Developing a Research Question

  • Where Do Research Questions Come From?
  • The Cochrane Collaboration
  • The FINER Criteria
  • Types of Research Questions
  • The Importance Of Aligning Study Design And Methodology

Unit 2: 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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
  • Matrix of Descriptive Questions to Ask Yourself

Unit 6: Grantsmanship

  • Important Points to Consider Before You Get Started
  • Assessing Your Research Goals
  • Does Your Question Fit the FINER Criteria
  • Where To Go for Funding
  • Structuring Your Grant
  • How To Tell The Story
  • Writing Tips
  • What to Expect from the Reviewers

Unit 7: 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 8: Critical Appraisal

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

creo™ Pro (Comprehensive Research Education Online) Quick FAQ

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

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

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

    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 Pro 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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