Qualitative Research Methodology
Full course description
Healthcare and public health environments are facing challenges, including those brought by ageing, technological advances, economic inequalities, and shifting expectations of society. Qualitative research has unique strengths in producing nuanced and people-centered knowledge crucial for understanding impacts of health interventions and complex arrangements of care, among others. During this module students will learn how qualitative research can be used in understanding and addressing contemporary health problems, understand the theoretical foundations of qualitative research; practice qualitative data collection and analysis techniques; and reflect on meaningful ways to combine qualitative and quantitative approaches. Concurrently with delving into qualitative health research, students will work on their year paper with support of trainings in literature search, academic writing, and citation management.
The module is organized around core themes in qualitative research: defining and designing qualitative research project; collecting data; analyzing data and ensuring quality; theory and innovative approaches in qualitative research.The module is practice oriented to allow students master essential techniques sufficient to independently conceive and implement basic qualitative research study.
There are three work formats in this course:
- Lectures, which are planned to be as interactive as possible. Students should be prepared to engage in discussions and participate in short exercises.
- Journal club meetings, where students will be provided with several examples of published qualitative studies to be read before the meeting and guiding questions to direct their reading. During the meetings students together with tutor will analyze the studies and formulate final answers to the questions posed.
- Practicals, during which students will be practicing the elements involved in conducting qualitative research.
Students who successfully finish the module will be able to:
- Define qualitative research, its relationship with quantitative research, and its distinct roles in health research and practice;
- Know the type of research questions that can be answered with specific qualitative methods and know how to formulate qualitative research questions;
- Demonstrate basic knowledge of a range of qualitative data collection methods, their possibilities and limitations;
- Conduct individual semi-structured interviews;
- Conduct qualitative observational research;
- Demonstrate a basic knowledge of a range of qualitative data analysis approaches
- Prepare and perform thematic content analysis using qualitative data analysis software (Atlas.ti);
- Understand the key issues in qualitative research design;
- Be able to appraise the quality of qualitative research;
- Understand and reflect on the theoretical foundations of qualitative research;
- Be aware of the benefits and challenges involved in mixed-methods research;
- Be aware of the issues to consider in planning a qualitative research project;
- Reflect on the meaning of this module’s content for their future professional work.
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