Qualitative Methods in Health Research
Introduces students to qualitative health research methods. The course develops students' skills in qualitative research design, appraising qualitative research and conducting interpretive analysis.
|Faculty||Faculty of Health and Medicine|
|School||School of Medicine and Public Health|
Trimester 1 - 2014
Semester 2 - 2014 (WebLearn GradSchool)
Previously offered in 2013, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
On completion of this course, students will: ” Understand the theoretical foundations of some of the major approaches to qualitative research; ” Understand the nature and scope of qualitative research as it applies to health; ” Understand the ethical issues involved in qualitative research; ” Understand issues of rigour in qualitative research; ” Be able to identify appropriate contexts and questions for qualitative research in health; ” Be able to select appropriate methods of qualitative data collection and analysis; ” Be able to critically appraise reports of qualitative research; ” Have undertaken and reported an interpretive analysis of qualitative data.
The subject is written as distance learning modules with weekly on-line discussion groups moderated by tutors. The course content ranges from discussing the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research, to comparing the different methodological approaches, to hands-on experience analysing qualitative data. Along the way the course covers issues such as:
” The ethical implications of qualitative research; ” The validity of qualitative research findings; ” Critically appraising qualitative research; ” The strengths and limitations of the various means of data collection: participant/non-participant, observation, interviewing, Focus Group Discussions; unobtrusive methods (such as analysing texts) ” Choosing one from the various approaches to data analysis, for example: grounded theorising; discourse analysis. ” The application of different methods of theory-building in qualitative data analysis; ” Testing and confirming findings in qualitative research; ” Triangulation and other means to strengthening validity of qualitative research; ” Writing a qualitative research report.
The course gives students the opportunity for hands-on experience with interpretive analysis i.e. coding and categorising qualitative data.
|Modes of Delivery||Distance Learning : IT Based
Distance Learning : Paper Based
|Teaching Methods||Email Discussion Group|
|Compulsory Components||None listed|
|Course Materials||None listed|
|Timetable||2014 Course Timetables for PUBH6210|