The BRTI does not provide academic courses – this is the function of universities and colleges in the region. However, the BRTI does commit to assisting scientists in Zimbabwe and the region to acquire skills to enable them to compete effectively in the international scientific community. To achieve this goal, the BRTI has since its founding been responsible for the design and delivery of appropriate training courses to develop research capacity in specific areas.


All courses are given an evaluation, using closed and open questionnaires, so that they can be evaluated and improved. The BRTI is in the process of making course materials available on-line, to further disseminate skills to researchers in the region.

Serological Diagnostic Techniques

African International Course in Serological Diagnostic Techniques

Research Methodology

Research Methodology for Disease Control Managers

Interpretation and Quality Control

Interpretation and Quality Control in Laboratory Detection of Infectious Disease

Health Care Management

Health Care Management Development

Data Handling

Data Handling, Epidemiology and Statistics


Rickettsial Diagnosis

Rickettsial Diagnosis and Characterisation


Health Sector

Health Sector Reform Analysis


Qualitative research

Qualitative research on diagnostics and ethical issues in health research

Microscopic Diagnosis

Microscopic Diagnosis of Infectious Disease


Malaria Research

Malaria Research Methodology for Disease Control


Antibiotic Susceptibility

Antibiotic Susceptibility Testing

Mycological Infections

 Mycological Infections in Southern Africa


Data Collection and Analysis

The Use of Epi-Info for Data Collection and Analysis



In 2005 and again in 2010 the BRTI successfully competed for an NIH/FIC International Clinical Operational Health Service Research Training Award in HIV & TB (ICOHRTA). This award has enabled the BRTI to provide direct support for over 40 postgraduate research scientists, attached to different research projects and registered with universities in Zimbabwe, and also 15 Clinical Fellowships that provide support for postgraduates in clinical medicine. The award also enables BRTI to host training courses to develop research skills. There have, since 1995, been over 1500 participants including many from the southern Africa region as well as Zimbabwe.

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