SORT IT for participants

You can expect to complete your research in about a year, develop a manuscript ready for submission to a peer reviewed journal. SORT IT has a web-based alumni network which links up all SORT IT participants. Furthermore, alumni who are embedded within disease control programmes and/or NGOs also have an opportunity to become operational research fellows and can pursue a PhD using their operational research work.

Participant eligibility criteria

Participant selection is guided by eligibility criteria which includes the following:

  • Must be actively involved in a disease control program at national, state, NGO, or health institution level.
  • Outline a half page of text that a) describes a relevant problem that the candidate has identified within a given program and b) formulates a research question that is proposed to be developed into an operational research project. Please note that research questions using routine programme data are preferred.
  • Provide a written statement from the program manager or relevant authority confirming relevance of the research question and granting the applicant permission to have time and opportunity to carry out and publish his/her operational research.
  • Must provide written commitment to attend all modules of SORT IT, return to their programme or institution after the course and implement course knowledge at programme level for a minimum of 18 months.
  • Provide a written statement from a mentor (if available) or referee describing how the mentor knows the candidate and if he/she will be suitable for the course.
  • If applicable, ability to mobilize the funding required to carry out the operational research.
  • Master in Public Health (MPH) or an equivalent, or a strong recommendation.
  • Fluent in written and spoken English and/or the language of the course.
  • Computer literate.