The use of qualitative research methods in public health research, such as program evaluations and clinical trials, is increasingly common. The aim of this short course is to introduce participants to the theories, concepts and practice of qualitative research. Participants will gain practical skills in employing qualitative research designs, data collection and analysis. In particular, participants will learn how to meaningfully incorporate qualitative research with other research methods and study designs.
Please note: Participants must bring a laptop to this course.
Participants may register to attend one, two or all three days of this course.
The course is broken down into the following sections:
|DAY 1: RESEARCH DESIGNS|
|Principles and concepts of qualitative research|
|Overview of qualitative research designs|
|Overview of mixed methods research designs|
|DAY 2: DATA COLLECTION|
|Qualitative data collection techniques|
|Ethics in qualitative research|
|Practical application of data collection techniques (practice interviews, focus groups and participant observation)|
|Rigour in qualitative research|
|DAY 3: CODING|
|Introduction to qualitative analysis (frameworks, coding)|
|Making sense of your analysis|
|Communicating your findings (writing for publication)|
Participants will be asked to submit a brief overview of current or intended research to help inform the development of practical exercise for the course.
Course materials include lecture and seminar slides and key reading. Reading is provided on a USB stick.
This course is suitable for clinical and allied health professionals, psychologists, public health researchers, and PhD candidates interested in using qualitative research methods.