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Qualitative Research Practicum I: Partnerships and Protocol Development

East Baltimore
Note: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, this course was held in a virtual/online format.
2nd Term
International Health
Academic Year
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
Wednesday, 1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Next Offered
2024 - 2025
The best way to learn about qualitative research is to actually do a qualitative research project from start to finish.
Places students in teams collaborating with a local community-based organization or JHU faculty member to develop a qualitative research project. Introduces key topics in qualitative research including conducting field research, developing study protocols and data collection instruments, and interacting with qualitative research participants and collaborators. Addresses the practical aspects of qualitative study design (e.g. choosing between data collection methods, resolving logistical challenges, and operationalizing an iterative research design) as well as the practical aspects of ethical review (including the JHSPH IRB and school ethical review processes). Prepares students to develop the components needed to begin the qualitative research project conducted in 224.698.01: Qualitative Research Practicum II: Collecting Qualitative Data and 224.699.01:Qualitative Research Practicum III: Analyzing and Writing Qualitative Findings (NOTE: concurrent or prior enrollment required).
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the context (organizational, historical, economic, etc.) of the public health questions being answered through qualitative methods
  2. Describe the basic features of qualitative research and design of qualitative studies
  3. Develop qualitative interview guides, focus group discussion guides, and observation forms
  4. Collaborate with community partners to prepare a qualitative research protocol and associated materials needed for submission to ethical review
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 20% Participation
  • 80% Assignments
Enrollment Restriction
Restricted to students who have completed 224.690.01 Qualitative Research Theory and Methods & 224.691.01 Qualitative Data Analysis or are enrolled in these courses for the current academic year.