This section of Mesh is a tool for signposting to existing e-learning opportunities in community engagement both within and outside of the Global Health Network's Global Health Training Centre. This is a work in progress and if you have suggestions for further modules, courses or training to include please let us know by emailing:

For details of workshops, symposiums and events that offer community engagement and communication training as part of their programme visit the upcoming events page.

Media Skills for Scientists from SciDev.Net

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 and costs £120. There is a 20% discount for researchers from the Global South and possible additional discounts for bulk purchases.

For more information contact:

Online Training Course for Research Excellence through Stakeholder Engagement in HIV

The AVAC (Global Advocacy for HIV Prevention) Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Online Training Course is a four-month, hands-on eLearning experience that brings the GPP Guidelines to life through interactive online content, case studies, work assignments and online discussions.

For more information visit the website or contact: 


INTRAC Online Monitoring and Evaluation Course

INTRAC is running an additional online Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) course during June-July 2017. This popular course ensures that those who are relatively new to M&E have a thorough understanding of M&E concepts and have built up both the core practical skills and the confidence needed to do M&E effectively.

The course is aimed at staff and partners of NGOs and CSOs who are relatively new to M&E, whether you are directly responsible for implementing M&E or are managing others with the responsibility to improve M&E in your organisation. Consultants working within the sector who have little or no M&E experience often attend this course. This course is suitable for those based both in the UK and overseas and is designed to be able to fit around the demands of your day to day work.

The course costs £550. This costs includes all materials, webinars, group activities and individual coaching.

If you would like more information about this course (or our other courses including Advanced M&E and theory of change) please get in touch at 

Research Ethics Online Training - Engaging with Communities

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. 

The full training, which can be found here, includes a course on engaging with communities which can be found here.

Stellenbosch University's Online Course - Science Communication: An Introduction to Theory, Best Practice and Practical Skills

Stellenbosch University's online course in science communication. Information on the next available course, including application process and start dates, will be updated regularly on the course website.

This course is not free of charge with an enrolment fee of R5 700 for South African citizens and US$520 for students who are not South African citizens.

Essential Elements of Ethics - Essential Element 7: Community

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.

The full training, which can be found here, includes a module on community engagement which may be of interest to MESH users. The module can be viewed here.

Writing In Science- Online Course from Stanford University, Continuing Medical Education

Presented by the Departments of Medical Education and Health Research at Stanford University School of Medicine.

This course is designed to meet the educational needs of an international audience of physicians, residents and medical researchers in all specialties. This course seeks to improve skills in scientific writing as it applies to publishing clear and effective scientific papers and reviewing clinical research. Mesh users might like to promote the course to researchers who they are working with and who might like to improve their scientific writing skills for academic audiences. 

The course is self-paced and provides all material at the same time.
The cost is US$20 
Material is set to expire in April 2018
Find out more and enrol here

World Federation of Science Journalists: Free Science Journalism Course

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 cover: Finding and judging a science story, interviewing, writing, social media and filming.

Professional courses from the University of the West of England

Science Communication: People, Projects, Events

This is a professional online course. It is focused on Science Communication rather than engagement although many of the skills covered will be valuable to someone working within a community engagement capacity also. 
Topics covered include: 

  • The historical and social contexts of science communication
  • Understanding audiences
  • Project planning
  • Project management
  • Designing face-to-face activities
  • Facilitation skills
  • Presentation skills
  • Working with the media
  • Evaluation

The course is taught over a 10 week period (eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks).
The cost of the course is £750 (Pounds Sterling) 

Science Communication: Online and Media Writing

This course is designed to offer Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for current and future science communicators and science writers who wish to hone their skills, as well as scientists who wish to convey their research to non-specialists. From identifying a story in a piece of research to shaping the material into engaging text, this course will offer a comprehensive insight into science writing. 
Topics include: 

  • Introduction to science writing and guiding principles.
  • Spotting a good story.
  • Story structure.
  • Writing for different audiences.
  • Writing about statistics and risk.
  • Effective use of social media.
  • Writing an effective press release.

The course is taught over a 10 week period (eight weeks of taught material and two private study weeks).
The cost of the course is £750 (Pounds Sterling) 

If you enrol in both courses there is a reduced fee of £1350 (Pounds Sterling)