American University of Beirut

SHARP Summer Diploma

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The SHARP summer diploma is a 12-credit module that provides the essential foundations in quantitative methods and fundamental skills to conduct research. The core disciplines covered include epidemiology, biostatistics, research ethics and library sciences/informatics. These are complemented with a practical hands-on training course in the analysis and reporting of large health-related datasets in NCD.​

Curriculum and Course Description

SHA​​RP Summer Diploma Courses(Required)
Total 12 credits


Principles of Epidemiology
Design & Analysis of Epidemiological Studies
Basic Biostatistics
Intro​​duction to Research Ethics and RCR
Library Science/Informatics
Analysis and Reporting of Large Clinical Datasets

2 credits
2 credits
4 credits
1.5 credit
0.5 credit
2 credits​

 Facts and Figures

Applications to SHARP Summer Diploma received between 2013 and 2020

The SHARP Summer Diploma has received a total of 352 applications over 8 years. Out of these, 296 were from the AUB, 34 were from institutions in Lebanon, and 22 were from the region. 
A total of 202 were accepted (57%) and enrolled in the SHARP Summer Diploma including 189 trainees from AUB, 9 trainees from Lebanese institutions, and 4 trainees from the region.​

​Since 2013, the Summer Diploma​ Program graduated more than 201 trainees.​​​​
​​​​Out of the summer graduates, a total of 19 stude​nts have enrolled in the SHARP MSc track, 9 have graduated, 9 are in progress, and 1 student completed the coursework but not the thesis.
​​​​​SHARP graduates have published more than 1147 pu​blications during and post their training. 
​​​The solid foundations provided by the Diploma Program has made its complet​ion a requirement of the Lebane​se Medical Training Leadership Award (LMTA) at Johns Hopkins.
​​​Several graduates from the SHARP summer Diploma have completed a tota​l of 24 MSc degrees or PhD degrees based on the foundations of the SHARP Summer diploma at prestigious institutions. 

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