Fieldwork Skills for Epidemiological Research

Who is this course for?

Any new graduates, nurses, allied health professionals, clinicians and public health and medical researchers wishing to develop practical research skills for use in population studies

Who offers the course?

Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Respiratory & Environmental Epidemiology (REE) research group

Level of assumed/required knowledge

Are you looking for practical support to conduct your fieldwork component of your research? Many researchers get off to a slow start because they are not sure what to focus on or where to begin.

Course overview

This course is designed to address the most common issues that occur when establishing and running epidemiological research projects. You can save time and money by avoiding delays and costly mistakes throughout the key phases of your fieldwork by attending this workshop.

The collective research experience of the Respiratory & Environmental Epidemiology (R&EE) team at the Woolcock combines to provide hands-on and practical ways for new researchers to transfer theoretical knowledge into practice.

You will understand what is required to set up, implement and finalise field research in a cost effective and efficient manner by attending this workshop.

Key outcomes:

  • Step by step plans to implement, monitor, manage and record data in fieldwork research
  • Determine ethical considerations
  • Maximise response rates through different sampling sources and recruitment
  • Minimise the burden on participants through simple strategies, plans and templates for efficient systems
  • Successful project management procedures and leadership skills during fieldwork
  • Essential record and data management protocols and procedures to finalise the fieldwork

Key benefits

  • Reflect on your own research situation
  • Design an efficient and streamlined fieldwork study.
  • Gain confidence to start fieldwork armed with a comprehensive plan and timeline.
  • Optimise your efficiency and the quality of your data collection.
  • Implement effective strategies for long term documentation and record keeping.

Course Facilitators:

Brett Toelle DipAppSc(Nursing) BA(Psych) PhD - Senior Research Fellow at the Woolcock

Christine Cowie BAppSc(Env Health) MPH PhD - Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Air Quality And Health Research And Evaluation (CAR) based at the Woolcock

Wafaa Nabil Ezz BSc MScTech (PhD candidate) - Project Manager within the Respiratory and Environmental Epidemiology group

Course duration

One day
8:30am - 4:30pm

How is the course assessed?

Not applicable

Can this course contribute to an academic degree?


Course delivery

This course is delivered face-to-face at:

Woolcock Institute of Medical Research
Level 5, Education Centre
431 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW 2037

Course cost

Course fees include course materials, participation certificates and full catering throughout the day.

Full cost of the course is $350.
Register before 9th September for the Early bird rate of $298.
There are limited student registration places available at $263.

Registration costs include GST. Your registration is confirmed when payment has been completed and receipted.

Cancellations of registration must be made in writing or via email. A fee of $48 applies if we are notified after Monday 29th September 2014.

Course dates

Tuesday, 21st October 2014

Is this course accredited for CME points?


Further information and registration

Your registration is confirmed upon completing registration on the website.

If you have additional questions please email

Contact person/Course coordinator

Dr Brett Toelle
Senior Research Fellow

Last updated

August 2014