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Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Summer Institute
Health, Behavior and Society
Academic Year
2023 - 2024
Instruction Method
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Start Date
Monday, June 5, 2023
End Date
Friday, June 9, 2023
Class Time(s)
M, Tu, W, Th, F, 9:00am - 12:20pm
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
Introduces students to qualitative research methods applied to the investigation of public health issues. Explores the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research, factors that influence the utility of a qualitative approach, and ethical considerations in qualitative research. Focuses on the qualitative interview and provides an overview of the practical skills and tools required for conducting qualitative interviews and analyzing qualitative data.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Identify the different qualitative research methods commonly used in public health research
  2. Describe the main ethical and validity issues related to qualitative research methods, for the qualitative interview and focus groups in particular
  3. Identify appropriate uses for the qualitative interview and focus groups to address public health research questions
  4. Describe the steps involved in conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups and subsequent data analysis
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Assignments
  • 40% Final Proposal
  • 20% Participation
Special Comments

Course offered remotely.