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Using Qualitative Methods for Program Planning and Evaluation

Course Status

East Baltimore
Summer Institute
International Health
Academic Year
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method
Auditors Allowed
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor(s)
Contact Name
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
This course describes how qualitative methods can be used to plan relevant and effective programs to address health issues in diverse cultures and situations.
Introduces students to the role of qualitative methods in assessing population needs and designing acceptable interventions. Emphasizes the complementarity of qualitative and quantitative methods and how both should be combined for effective program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Describe the role of qualitative methods in generating program relevant data
  2. Explain how qualitative and quantitative methods complement each other in providing program relevant data
  3. Describe the principles of qualitative methods
  4. Explain the indications for using individual and group qualitative methods
  5. Explain the use of qualitative methods in program design, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 10% Participation
  • 50% Assignments
  • 40% Exam(s)
Enrollment Restriction
Students with programmatic or field experience
Special Comments

Students are required to do significant pre-reading. The associated manual is 66 pages long and is to be read and comprehended prior to the course. I expect this will take a full day. The assignment is will require approx. 8 hours including research. The assignment is due July 8, 2019.