Why study research methods?

As a coach, trainer, or practitioner, learning how to interpret and apply research will make you more effective in practice for your clients.
... and if you're passionate about health, performance and nutrition, learning about research and evidence-backed practices will allow you to cut through the BS to what the science actually says (not what is reported in second-hand media reports!)

This course is a must for any practitioner or anyone passionate about science, health, and fitness.

  • Learn how to find, read, and analyse scientific papers

  • Apply your findings to evidence-based content and practice

  • Study at your own pace, start any time!

  • Taught by renowned practitioner-researcher-athlete Eric Helms PhD

  • High credit value for continuing education

Industry Recognised

Continuing professional development

Additional Benefits

  • Continuing Education Credits

    Gain continuing education credits with your registering body.
    Completion of this course qualifies for 18.75 CPD points with REPs.
    (10 points required per year for REPs registration)

  • Complimentary Nutrition Science E-Text Book

    "Essentials of Nutrition Science for Health and Performance" is available as a complimentary download for Research Methods members.

  • Access to our expert community

    Engage with the HPI community at -our exclusive facebook group and access member-only benefits.

Course curriculum

    1. Essential Information

    1. Member-Only Facebook Group and Member's Library

    2. Foundations of Nutrition Science Textbook

    3. Evidence-based practice

    4. Evidence-based practice by English & Amonette, 2012

    5. The Philosophy of Evidence-Based Principlesand Practice in Nutrition

    6. MIT: How to search databases

    1. Types of evidence

    1. Interpreting research Part 1.

    2. Interpreting research part 2.

    3. The Basics of How to Interpret Research

    1. Creating evidence-based content

    1. Research Article Upload

    2. Research Article Exemplar

    3. Marking Schedule

About this course

  • $299.00
  • 20 lessons
  • 3.5 hours of video content


Senior Lecturer [Research Methods & Strength/Body Composition Nutrition] Dr Eric Helms

Eric Helms MSc, PhD, CSCS is a coach, athlete, author, and educator. He earned pro status as a natural bodybuilder with the PNBA in 2011 and competes with the IPF at international level events as an unequipped powerlifter. Eric has published multiple peer-reviewed articles in exercise science and nutrition journals and writes for commercial fitness publications. He is also a research fellow at Auckland University of Technology.


One simple, low-cost price (limited time offer)

What people are saying about the course

5 star rating

Best course for those confused on how to interpret studies

Julian Powers

Arms you with the knowledge on how to interpret studies without being overwhelming nor too underwhelming. Eric does an amazing job at teaching the course, an...

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Arms you with the knowledge on how to interpret studies without being overwhelming nor too underwhelming. Eric does an amazing job at teaching the course, and its 100% worth the investment. The assignment at the end felt like an added bonus. I recommend anyone who has trouble interpreting and applying studies to take this course!

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