Evidence Based Practice

Course Description
Welcome to the Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) across Health Professions, in which we ́ll focus on effectively building knowledge, skills, and policies using the best available scientific evidence.
The learning activities and assignments in this course are designed to help health professionals and non-health professionals to access, develop and implement evidence in practice and policy development.
The database search skills that you will gain in this course are practically very valuable. We look forward to meeting you and explore the evidence-based practice and other related terms—such as evidence-based medicine, evidence-based healthcare, and evidence-based nursing.

At the end of the course, students will achieve the following:
i) Students will be able to search, analyze, and evaluate information relevant to their disciplines.
ii) Critically appraise scientific evidence using available tools.
iii) Search databases—PubMed/Medline, Scopus, Web of Science/Knowledge, CINAHL, EMBase, Google Scholar
iv) Contribute to the ongoing development of new knowledge (evidence) in their professions, workplaces, and organizations.
v) Distinguish different forms of evidence
vi) Integrate evidence to inform decision-making
vii) Disseminate findings from a systematic search of scientific evidence.

We hope to achieve the above objectives through:
a) Introducing you to basic principles and ideas about evidence-based practice;
b) helping you to find relevant evidence and judge its value to your practice;
c) Designing learning activities and assignments that will help you to analyze, evaluate and implement what you have learned;
d) Probing you to reflect on the course content, readings, and your ideas and experiences about evidence-based practice, and to examine different views about evidence-based practice; and
e) Having you work collaboratively with other learners in the discussions, in order to gain a broader perspective on issues related to evidence-based practice.
Instructions to participants:

i) Peer reviews of your article excerpts/ extracts (200-500 words) in pairs are an essential part of this course.
ii) Asking questions and offering comments is mandatory.
iii) Mute your mic whenever you are not speaking to us.
iv) You may use a camcorder, smartphone, or computer. A desktop/ laptop and desktop versions of applications are recommended, however.
v) You need an internet connection; if you get disconnected try logging in again.
vi) The sessions are live synchronous lectures, students must attend as recordings might not be immediately available.


6-Weeks Online


  • UGX 400,000/-
  • USD 109.6$


  • Nurses
  • Public Health Professionals
  • Medical Officers
  • Clinical Officers
  • Laboratory Scientists
  • Pharmacists
  • Other Allied Health Professionals

Content Areas

Module Theme Main topics Timing
1 Introduction to Evidence-based Practice
  • Defining evidence-based practice
  • Criticisms on EBP
  • Process of EBP
Week 1
2 Characteristics and processes for EBP
  • Formulating questions
  • Conducting systematic searches for evidence
Week 2-3
3 Evaluating and building evidence
  • Appraising/ critiquing evidence
  • Interpreting systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Our guest scholar will participate in this session
Week 4
4 Communication, and utilizing evidence to inform practice and policy
  • Presenting findings for Clinical Practice Guidelines, Practice Protocols, and Evidence-Informed Policy
Week 5
5 Class discussions
  • Peer reviews of your excepts/ extracts in pairs
  • Asking questions, discussion and offering areas from your own organization where EBP can be implemented
Week 6

Facilitator's Profile

Frank Kiwanuka

Course facilitator: Frank Kiwanuka, MSc. Frank is a researcher at the University of Eastern Finland. His research interests include Evidence-Based Practice, Critical Care, and intervention research. Frank has published extensively on systematic reviews. Generating evidence that can be used to inform practice and policy is an important part of his work.

Guest Speaker

Tarja Kvist

Professor, Preventive Nursing Science, Vice Head of Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Eastern Finland, Kuopio. Tarja´s areas of research interest include health Service Research especially the quality of care, attractive organizations, and leadership. She has supervised several masters, PhDs, and Post-Docs—International collaboration is an important part of her work.