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GPP Online Training Course

Research excellence through stakeholder engagement


The Good Participatory Practice (GPP) Online Training Course is a four-month, hands-on eLearning experience that brings the GPP Guidelines to life through interactive online content, case studies, work assignments and online discussions.

The course was developed in close collaboration with the Center for Learning & Innovation at the San Francisco Department of Public Health advised by an international curriculum development team.

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For any questions about this course, please contact gpponlinecourse@avac.org.

Now Accepting Applications

Application Process


AVAC is pleased to announce the next GPP course offering!

For this upcoming course offering, applicants are encouraged to enroll in pairs as team members who have complementary research and implementation expertise, since clinical trials and rollout of new products have a natural relationship with regard to community outreach and stakeholder engagement. An ideal partnership would include someone from the public health or service delivery arm of an institution and someone currently or about to be working on a clinical trial, but all partnerships will be considered. The pairing is not required for participation but encouraged.

Over the course of ten weeks, all learners will be required to:

  • Complete ten online modules
  • Initiate and participate in an online forum with other experienced professionals
  • Participate in at least two webinars led by content experts in the field
  • Complete weekly assignments to develop GPP action plans
  • Engage facilitators as needed in one-on-one discussion about action improvements

The course will run from May 29 through August 2, 2019. There is no fee to apply or enroll.

Click here to apply. And the support letter template is available here. Applications and supporting materials must be received by May 24.

How learners benefit
  • Deepened understanding of the guidelines and their utility in biomedical HIV prevention research
  • Application of GPP to real world challenges and context
  • Strengthened strategies for identification, prioritization and engagement of key stakeholders
  • Development of a comprehensive stakeholder engagement plan
Course features
  • Experienced faculty who provide hands-on mentoring and technical assistance
  • Interactive and customized content for learners
  • Multiple approaches for learning and communication, including online discussion forum, webinars and individualized feedback from faculty
  • Self-paced learning over a 10-week period, with an average requirement of 3-7 hours per week
  • Two learning tracks to accommodate a variety of participants
GPP and the Online Course get rave reviews!

Good participatory practice (GPP) has produced a massive change in the way we conduct clinical trials, and engage with communities. Formalising GPP activities has made it possible to create trusting relationships where ideas, challenges and results are honestly discussed. It is unthinkable to me to consider undertaking research without a strong standardized approach to GPP.

Dr. Helen Rees, Executive Director, Wits Reproductive Health Institute (RHI)

HIV vaccine development requires a global partnership of scientists, communities, governments, advocates, and normative bodies all working together in an open, transparent and trusting fashion. Who provides the tangible roadmap for such a high minded approach? How do we go about distilling this approach to meaningful practice? ...My program, and many others in the field, have used GPP in order to guide us to the highest ethical standards for HIV vaccine research.

Dr. Nelson L. Michael, Director, US Military HIV Research Program (MHRP) Walter Reed Army, Institute of Research

I liked the chance to consider more concretely the issue of respect for various communities; to ‘tame’ the GPP document by getting more familiar with it; to interrogate one’s own engagement practices; and to connect with others grappling with this complex but essential responsibility.

Cathy Slack, HIV/AIDS Vaccine Ethics Group (HAVEG), Course Participant

The GPP course was the best capacity development gift that has enhanced my skills in community engagement to build a healthier nation as an advocate of HIV prevention methods in South Africa.

Neetha Morar, South African Medical Research Council