The eHealth Innovation and Research center ( eHealthLab Ethiopia) is implementing the Health Information System Capacity Building and Mentorship Partnership (CBMP) and the Data Use Partnership (DUP) projects in collaboration with Federal Ministry of Health, Amhara and Benshangul Gumuz RHBs, JSI and other partners with funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), FMOH, and the Doris Duke Foundation (DDCF). The main aim of the projects is to support the implementation of the information revolution vision in selected demonstration woreda’s through Capacity Building, Training (both preservice and in-service) and Implementation Science research. Detail of the projects is available at https://eHealthlab.org/projects/

As part of the Implementation Science Research imitative under the DDCF grant, we plan to provide research grant support for up to 8 master and 2 PhD students in this academic year to generate research evidence relevant to the national information revolution objectives on the following thematic areas.

Thematic Areas:

  1. Health Data Quality and Information Use & Culture
  2. Digital Health (mHealth, TeleMedicine, EMR, eCHIS, DHIS2, HRIS): (Topics might include digital literacy, Attitude, Acceptance, Usability, Utilization, Feasibility Evaluation..etc )
  3. Health information flow at different levels and the role of supportive supervision and performance mentoring teams in increasing data use and information culture
  4. Health Information System Strengthening (Health service quality, HIS Policy Analysis, Health IT Economic Evaluations)
  5. Other related topics proposed by applicants

Study Area: Gondar Town including UOG Hospital, Tach Armacheho, Wogera, Tewulederie(wolo). Awobel woreda (East Gojjam), Assosa Town and Mandura woreda in Benshangul Gumuz Regions.

Eligible applicants: All PhD in Public Health and Masters 2nd year MSc and MPH students under the Institute of Public Health who are interested in the thematic areas can apply. Those of you who already selected your topic can modify/change to the listed thematic areas. If selected, the institute is flexible to consider the new topic in consultation with the selection committee.

Funding Amount: The selection committee will decide on the funding amount for each project based on the actual costs of the proposed activities in the research.

Application Process and Dates: Students should submit a concept note of not more than 5 pages with the research question, objective, methodology and proposed budget not later than January 19, 2019 at the eHealth Innovation center located in front of CMHS Library.

Further information: Applicants can get further information about the research thematic areas from Mr. Berhanu Fekadie, Head of the Department of Health Informatics, overall information about the projects from Dr. Binyam Chakilu, Director of the project.