Information on training and learning opportunities in community engagement and related fields

Please check individual providers for up to date information. Visit The Global Health Training Centre for global health research-related online training and professional development.

List of Online Courses

Here you will find a list of online 'e-learning' courses that you can take from anywhere in the world (many of them are English language)

List of Academic Courses or Professional Development (by world region)

Here you will find a list of higher education courses such as undergraduate and masters' degrees as well as professional development and training that is normally held in-person

Online Courses

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An Introduction and Practical Guide to Community Engagement and Involvement in Global Health Research  

Scope: 7-module online course | Cost: Free

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. For the purposes of this course, we use the term CEI to mean:

"An active involvement of the community throughout the research process, using participatory approaches and working in partnership with all key stakeholders. CEI includes a range of activities which involve interactions between researchers, community members and stakeholders, aimed at improving the relevance, value and conduct of 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. CEI is an essential and rewarding component of research, and, as the course authors, we hope that you enjoy learning about it through this course.

Mesh eLearning Course: The Practice and Ethics of Participatory Visual Methods for Community Engagement in Public Health and Health Science

Duration: 6-8 hours | Cost: Free

This course provides guidelines on the practice and ethics of participatory visual methods (PVM) with emphasis on their use in low and middle-income countries for community and public engagement in health and health science. It was produced as part of the Mesh Community Engagement Network learning and training resources.

The course has been developed for use by engagement practitioners who are relatively new to the field of PVM and want to learn more about what they are and how to work with them. It is most fitting for those who already have some experience in facilitating participatory processes or in using qualitative research methods. The course also aims to support health science researchers who wish to include visual methods when engaging local communities and wider publics in their work.

The course can start and end whenever you choose.

To take the course visit The Global Health Training Centre.

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Monitoring and Evaluation for Results Training

Duration: 8 weeks | Cost: £1250 (excl. VAT) | Lanuage: English

This Monitoring and Evaluation online course, from IMA International, is a 8-week programme specifically designed for development workers in NGOs, government, UN agencies and private sector organisations. The course addresses M&E for the entire results chain, including the all-important outcomes, and enables you to understand the importance of using information and knowledge for evidence-based decision making. You work from the comfort of your own home or office. You complete the course over 8 weeks with facilitated, scheduled live meetings. The 8 week programme will take between 30-40 hours to complete including: contact hours; self-study and reflection; peer and paired work; pre and post course learning.

You will join a peer group of participants from different organisations and countries. IMA International facilitators will guide and mentor your learning process, providing you with:

  1. Practical exercises and reflection activities
  2. 6 guided 90-minute group webinars
  3. Paired and peer group work
  4. Presentations and video inputs
  5. Written resources and links
  6. Relevant case studies
  7. User-friendly platform for accessing all materials, presentations and resources, sharing with your peer group and uploading your regular assignments to a dedicated portfolio
  8. Scheduled access to mentors
  9. Personalised mentoring session as 3-month follow up

You are awarded an M&E certificate after completing the course and fulfilling all course criteria.

Visit the website for more information.

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Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals

Duration: 6 weeks | Cost: $750 USD | Lanuage: English

Scientific Community Engagement Fundamentals is run by the Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement and is designed to offer new or existing community managers core frameworks and vocabulary to describe their community and their role within it. While the content is designed for any level of learner, it should not be thought of as a “beginner” course. Rather, it is intended to create common ground so that scientific community managers can converse across disciplines, more efficiently learn from one another, and build successful engagement strategies that are grounded in research.

Each week, participants will meet virtually (using Zoom) for a 90 minute lesson and a 60 minute Co-Lab. While lessons will involve structured presentations and activities, Co-Lab time is for discussion, reporting out, and seeking feedback from instructors and fellow learners. Each week will also include approximately 90 minutes of homework, for a total time commitment of 4 hours per week

Successful completion of the course requires attendance at 11 out of 12 of the online sessions, at a minimum, as well as completion of homework assignments.

Find out more and register on the CSCCE website

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NCCPE Excellence in Engagement Courses

The National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement (NCCPE) offers a range of training opportunities to support the development of high quality engagement work. They offer six 'off-the-shelf' training courses:

  • Meaningful Online Engagement
  • High Quality Public Engagement
  • Evaluation: developing your approach
  • Working in partnership - for researchers
  • Introduction to community engagement
  • Engaging the public with controversial areas of research 

Visit the NCCPE website for more information, course dates and registration information.

Please note, these courses have been designed and developed for the UK engagement context. If your institution is based outside the UK, please get in touch with

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Media Skills for Scientists from SciDev.Net

Duration: Flexible | Cost: Free

SciDev.Net, the world’s leading source of reliable and authoritative news, views and analysis in science for global development have a Media Skills for Scientists online course. The course aims to equipt scientists with the knowledge and skills to become confident communicators with the media and enhance their professional reputation, while improving public engagement with their research. 

The course can start and end whenever you choose.

For more information contact:

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AVAC 'engage' online courses on Good Participatory Practice GPP 

Duration: variable | Cost: Free

The AVAC (Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention) have several online courses on offer in relation to Good Participatory with interactive online content, case studies, work assignments and online discussions.

Courses include:

Strengthening Stakeholder Engagement Through Ethics Review – HIV Prevention Trials: The course on Strengthening Engagement Through Ethics Review is a “must do” for any REC members, … investigators … as well as for any other stakeholders with an interest in HIV prevention research… The course addresses why it is important to engage, who needs to be engaged, how can they be engaged, how can researchers plan for engaging stakeholders, and ultimately how can RECs assist in strengthening stakeholder engagement.

Unlocking the Potential of Good Participatory Practices (GPP) in HIV Implementation Science: This online, self-paced course targets research implementers, advocates and professionals in the HIV prevention field and aims to enhance their comprehension of the fundamental rationale, goals and approaches behind stakeholder engagement and HIV implementation science, in the context of new product introduction.

Project Engage Introduction to Good Participatory Practice.

GPP Compliance Course: This 2-hour self-paced course was designed for stakeholders designing, financing and managing clinical trials but is open for anyone! 

Heartbeat of the Planet: Reporting on how climate change affects our health: This free course will help you understand the basic science behind the causes of climate change, the impact it has on public health and how you can tell the story effectively and accurately for your audiences.

Find more courses on the AVAC engage pages.


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Research Ethics Online Training - Engaging with Communities

Duration: Flexible | Cost: Free

The Global Health Training Centre offers free research ethics online training adapted from an e-Learning course and resource package designed and produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) for use by internal staff. 

Access the eLearning course here.

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Essential Elements of Ethics - Essential Element 7: Community

Duration: Flexible | Cost: Free

The Global Health Training Centre offers a free and open access e-Learning resource which has been adapted from the Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center at Harvard University (Harvard MRCT) Ethics Tool Kit.

Access the full training on the Training Centre, which includes a module on community engagement which may be of interest to Mesh users.

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World Federation of Science Journalists: Free Science Journalism Course

Duration: Flexible (10 lessons) | Cost: Free

Online course in science journalism (Available in 10 languages: including Vietnamese, French, Spanish and Portuguese)

The course material is comprised of ten lessons from science journalists across the world. Each lesson consists of an e-lecture with examples, self-teaching questions, and assignments. These lesson cover: Finding and judging a science story, interviewing, writing, social media and filming.

Visit the course page for more information.

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Free Digital Storytelling Webinars

Duration: 1 hour (regularly repeated) | Cost: Free

The 'Story Centre' offers a number of webinars, including:

Introduction to digital story telling: Finding a story to share is a journey, often not an easy one. Yet sharing experiences about our lives is immensely rewarding and may even reveal unexpected outcomes. This free webinar is the first step of your unique digital storytelling journey, and a gateway to further explorations of image, sound, and digital media. 

Introduction to public health digital storytelling: Digital Storytelling for Global Health and Rights: Storytelling can be a valuable tool for public health researchers and practitioners. Our methods support local community members in sharing first-person narratives and turning them into videos that can be used for training, community mobilization, advocacy, and more. These free, one-hour webinars offer participants a broad introduction to our work in public health, and an understanding of how our public health partnerships work.

Visit the 'Story Centre' for more information.

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Preparedness and Response for Polio and Other Disease Outbreaks: Training Package

Duration: Flexible | Cost: Free

The Polio End Game Strategy and Independent Monitoring Board have called for a need to strengthen polio programme capacity in outbreak response preparedness. This package, developed by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), is full of training materials and instructions to support an engagement or communications practitioner to build the capacity of others within their team. The aim is to provide field teams with a solid understanding of communication for development outbreak response and preparedness and skills to draft a communication for development response plan for a disease outbreak. It is organised into core modules including: Understanding human behaviour, Understanding and analysing social and epidemiological data, Critical media and communication timelines.

Each module contains a Power Point presentation template accompanied by comprehensive facilitation notes that outline the duration, objective, methodology, and process for that session.

These resources can be accessed on Dropbox

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Improve Your Intercultural Competence Course

Duration: 4 weeks (3 hours/wk) | Cost: Free (Upgrade £52) 

This course is relevant for those looking to improve their competence in working within intercultural settings, which is often the case for those working within Global Health. Learners will be introduced to the basics of working across cultures and develop communication skills to help with this. The course covers the following topics:

  • Basics of intercultural competency
  • Worldview frameworks and different cultural backgrounds
  • Intercultural empathy

View more information on FutureLearn

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Social Media Analytics: Using Data to Understand Public Conversations

Duration: 3 weeks (3 hours/wk) | Cost: Free (Upgrade £62)

This course is for anyone interested in social media analytics. Users get to learn how to use powerful digital tools such as Tableau to analyse data as well as identifying different social trends. By the end of the course learners will be able to access social media data ethically, apply digital methodologies to recognize social patterns and trends and finally create visual presentations that showcase your findings.

Learners will be guided by experts in the field and tools and guides are readily available once you enrol. This course will allow learners without coding skills to access analyse and visualise their own social media.

View more course information on FutureLearn

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Medicine and the Arts: Humanising Healthcare

Duration: 6 weeks (3 hours/wk) | Cost: Free (£42 upgrade)

This online course will explore the intersection of medicine, medical anthropology and the creative arts. Through each of its six weeks, we’ll visit a new aspect of human life and consider it from the perspectives of people working in health sciences, social sciences and the arts. The course will introduce learners to the emerging field of medical humanities and the concept of whole person care, via these six themes:

  • The Heart of the Matter
  • A Matter of the Heart Children’s Voices and Healing
  • Mind, Art and Play
  • Reproduction and Innovation
  • At the Edge: Madness and Medicine
  • Death and the Corpse

View more course information on FutureLearn

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Working with Translation: Theory and Practice (Future Learn)

Duration 4 weeks (4 hours/week) | Free course (£52 upgrade)

This online course explores what it means to communicate in multiple languages in a variety of contexts. It covers definitions, mechanisms, and varieties of translation; the role of translators; professional ethics and codes of conduct; writing successful translation commissions and more. It draws of the research of specialists at Cardiff University and the University of Namibia.

View more course information on FutureLearn

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Global Health and Disability (Future Learn)

Duration 3 weeks (4 hours/week) | Free course (£42 upgrade)

This online course aims to raise awareness about the importance of health and well-being of people with disabilities in the context of the global development agenda: leaving no one behind. Amongst multiple topics, it explores community based inclusive development for improving access to health and rehabilitation for people with disabilities. This course has a particular focus on low and middle income countries, and is designed for anyone with a professional or personal interest in disability as it relates to health, rehabilitation, international development and humanitarian assistance.

View more course information on FutureLearn

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POSTGRADUATE STUDY (Online Distance Learning): Science Communications & Public Engagement

Duration 1 to 3 years (part-time) | Cost £5,735/year (scholarships/funding available)

The University of Edinburgh is offering the opportunity to gain a formal qualification (either postgraduate certificate, diploma, or masters degree) in science communication through an online, distance learning format. On this course, you will experience a variety of science communication and public engagement practices and issues. In the process, you will develop your critical thinking skills and ability to reflect on your learning.

This course is suitable for those with a 2:1 honours degree (UK) or international equivalent.

Visit the course website to find out more about the programme structure, enrolment dates, content, entry requirement, fees and scholarships.

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Research Engagement, Participation and Impact 

Duration: 11 weeks (8 hours/wk) | Cost: £665 

This online course will give you the knowledge and skills to ensure research addresses the concerns of the public, practitioners and policymakers. You'll learn why and how to involve the public and other stakeholders in research creation, oversight, design, conduct and interpretation. You'll also reflect on research from a variety of perspectives and explore strategies to help researchers and stakeholders work effectively together. You'll learn from a course team with a track record of high-quality research examining impact and engagement.

This course is run by the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), part of UCL Institute of Education (IOE). The EPPI-Centre is recognised worldwide for its work developing methods for diverse kinds of systematic review and for the production of policy-relevant research.

The course runs over 11 weeks.

Visit the website for more information.

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Citizen Science and Scientific Crowdsourcing: An Introduction

Duration: 30 hours | Cost: FREE

University College London (UCL) and Extreme Citizen Science (ExCiteS) are running this introductory course to the theory and practice of citizen science and crowdsourcing. The course will explore the history, theoretical foundations, and practical aspects of designing and running citizen science projects. Specific topics include: how to make projects participant centred, ethics and legal issues, and evaluation and policy. 

This course is suitable for those involved in citizen science or public engagement with science, and scientists who are considering developing a citizen science project. There are no pre-requisites for this course - you don't need any prior knowledge of what citizen science is, or what happens in crowdsourcing. 

View more information on the UCL website

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List of Academic Courses or Professional Development (by world region)

Here you will find a list of higher education courses such as undergraduate and masters' degrees as well as professional development and training that is normally held in-person. Please check individual providers for up to date information

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Stellenbosch University MPhil Science and Technology Studies - with specialism in Science and Public Engagement

Where: Stellenbosch University, Western Cape Province of South Africa
When: Every year, beginning in February
Length: 2-years (part-time)
Language: English
Suitable for: those with an honours degree in any field of science (including natural, social, agricultural, and health sciences, as well as humanities), or a postgraduate diploma (with an average mark of 65% or higher).

This course focuses on the study of science and technology. It comprises three options: General; Research Management and Evaluation; and Science and Public Engagement. The ‘Science and Public Engagement’ option focuses on the relationship between science and society from a ‘sociology of science’ perspective. Modules for this option include: Research Uptake and Social Impact, Science and its Publics, and Scientific Communication.

Deadlines for applications are 30 September (South African students) or 31 August (International students) of the preceding year.

Visit the course page to find out more about the programme structure, admissions and fees.

MSocSC (Masters of Social Science Degree) in Health Research Ethics, at the South African Research Ethics Training Initiative (SARETI)

Where: SARETI, University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa
Length: 2 years (10 months with SARETI, 14 months at trainees’ home institutions)
Language: English
Suitable for: All professionals whose work is intimately involved with health research ethics. All applicants need at least a Bachelor's (honours) or 4-year equivalent degree to be eligible to enroll. In addition, current and future experience and involvement in the ethics of health research is essential.

This MSocSC aims to provide trainees with a solid theoretical foundation and practical competence to conduct and lead ethical reviews of health research, and to train others to complete ethical reviews. Modules include: Introduction to Bioethics, Critical Issues in Informed Consent, Research Ethics: African and Indigenous Perspectives, Ethical Issues in Community-Based Research etc.


Visit the website to find out more, access scholarships and financial assistance information and download the application form.

Training of Facilitators (TOF)

Where: AMREF Health Africa, Nairobi, Kenya
When: Courses start in May and October
Length:  2 weeks
Language: English
Suitable for: Targets trainers, teachers, human resource personnel, community facilitators, project managers, and training consultants.
Cost: Cost: Kes 70,000 ($700)

This course applies a hands-on approach to participatory teaching methods and skills, and ensures that trainees acquire knowledge and skills to deliver training in a stimulating atmosphere. 

Visit the course site for more information.

Facilitator Train-the-Trainer - Short Course

Where: Pretoria, South Africa
Length: On enquiry
When: On enquiry
Language: English
Suitable for: All potential facilitators
Cost: R 4,010

This course aims to enable clinical and management subject experts to transfer knowledge and skills through effective and efficient training practices to adult learners within the higher education framework. The study material will over: adult learning principles, modes of instruction, presentation skills, interactive facilitation skills etc. Students will be awarded with a certificate on completion.

Visit the course site for more information.

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Community Forums Management

Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates (OR in-house training at your organisation)
When: Visit the website for future course dates
Length:  5 days
Language: English, Arabic
Suitable for: NGOs, team leaders, project managers, consultants, freelancers etc.
Cost: $2,745.00 (includes course certificate, training materials, lunch and refreshments, tuition fee)

This course addresses the ‘research-based’ needs of development workers and managers. This course will cover: types of community forums and their characteristics, challenges for community forums to function, and the sustainability and maintenance of community forum operations.

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Masters in Science Communication, Australian National University

Where: Australian National University, Canberra, Australia
When: January each year.
Length: 2-years (full time)
Language: English
Suitable for: those with a bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 in a cognate area (e.g. Maths, Sciences, Information technology, Health, Education, Communication and Media)
Cost: $32,256.00 (domestic), $38,592.00 (international). Scholarships available here.

This course combines theoretical and practical aspects of science communication, and delves into topics that include: science in the media, science and public policy, ethics of science, and cross-cultural science communication. Students will have the skills and knowledge to: identify, apply, and evaluate science communication strategies for diverse audiences using a range of means, media, and technologies; develop appropriate qualitative and quantitative research tools and strategies to investigate, justify, and interpret science communication theories, methods, and conclusions.  

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South America

University of FioCruz Masters Programme: Science, Technology and Health Communication

Where: University of FioCruz, Rio De Janeiro
When: Visit the website for next course dates
Length: 12 - 24 months
Language: Portuguese
Suitable for: Those with undergraduate degrees who work in the academic or practical sphere in the area of the dissemination of science, technology and health and science communication .

This course is directed at those interested in producing new knowledge, exploring novel approaches and targeting new groups in dialogues around fields of health, science, and technology in society whether nationally or internationally. Lines of research might include: education, communication and medicine, science, culture and society, or understanding the public and audiences. The training is tailored towards communicating science and educating the public, rather than a two-way engagement approaches.

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UWE Science Communication Masterclass

Where: We The Curious, Bristol, UK
When: Keep an eye on the UWE website for dates of the next course.
Length: 4 days (runs roughly once a year)
Language: English
Suitable for: those with little or no experience in the field of science communication; practising scientists wishing to enhance the public engagement element of their research; science graduates interesting in science communication; CPD for scientists/teachers; people working in research councils with a communication element to their role.
Cost: £800 (£640 concessionary rate)

The masterclass will cover historical and social contexts of science communication, scientific literacy and public understanding, publics and engagement, and methods of engaging the public. Further interactive sessions will explore: adapting to audiences, evaluating projects, facilitation skills, honing your science writing, social media as a science communication tool, and strategic and creative thinking. Register your interest by sending a short email mentioning the Masterclass to

Visit the course site to find out more information.

UWE MSc/Postgraduate Diploma in Science Communication

Where: University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol, UK
When: Annual, starting September
Length: Full-time 18 months; Part-time 30 months
Language: English
Suitable for: Anyone with an interest in science communication. Applicants usually have an honours degree in a relevant subject.
Cost: Fee information on the website

The course will provide a broad theoretical foundation in issues such as the rationale for public engagement with science, understanding the audience, the role of the media in society, communication theory and models of informal learning. Students will then have the opportunity to specialise and develop a portfolio that shows their expertise as a science communicator.

Visit the course site to find out more information.

University of Edinburgh MSc in Science Communication and Public Engagement

Where: University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK - within Edinburgh Medical School: Biomedical Sciences
When: Every year, beginning in September
Length: 1-year
Language: English
Suitable for: those who hold a degree in an appropriate subject with an excellent or very good classification (equivalent to first or upper second class honours in the UK). May also accept equivalent qualifications or work experience. Access information on entry requirements on the University of Edinburgh’s country-specific pages for international students.
Cost: £21,600 (International), £10,700 (UK/EU)

The programme covers the contexts for science communication, how the practice of public engagement has emerged over the ;past 15-20 years, and the current landscape of these fields. Through assessed work placements (e.g. at Edinburgh International Science Festival, EuroStemCell etc.), students will have the opportunity to develop the skills, awareness and understanding to be effective in the science communication and public engagement workplace. Alongside core courses, elective courses include: Creative Arts in Science Engagement, and Museum Exhibitions, Interpretation and Informal Learning.

Visit the course site to find out more information.

International Summer School: Science Communication in Theory and Practice

Where: The University of Copenhagen, Denmark
When: Visit the website for future dates
Length: 2 days
Language: English
Suitable for: Open to Master’s and PhD students from any discipline, as well as professionals holding at least a Bachelor's Degree. Students do not need to have prior knowledge of science or communication.

This course is both theoretical and practical. In the theoretical part, students will learn basic theory of science communication such as narrative techniques and formats and how key messages can be conveyed clearly, accurately, and memorably. The practical part consists of workshop activities in which students will work together to produce high quality science communication products such as short films, podcasts, articles, and complementary social media. The course is supported by a programme of online teaching, readings, and short tasks.

Visit the course site for information about applications.

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