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Qualitative Reasoning in Public Health

East Baltimore
1st Term
Academic Year
2024 - 2025
Instruction Method
Class Time(s)
4/9 & 4/30 2016
Friday, 10:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed
Yes, with instructor consent
Available to Undergraduate
Grading Restriction
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Contact Name
Caitlin Kennedy
Contact Email
Frequency Schedule
Every Year
Qualitative research is increasingly becoming a foundational approach in public health. This course is for students who want to be engaged consumers of qualitative research in public health or participate in team-based qualitative projects, but do not see themselves leading qualitative research studies in the future.
Provides students with a broad overview of qualitative methods and concepts used in the public health sciences. Emphasizes the conceptual foundations of qualitative research and how it is used in public health.
Learning Objectives
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  1. Explain the basic concepts of iterative design, purposive sampling, and reflexivity
  2. Distinguish between objectivist and constructivist epistemologies
  3. Provide examples of different types of qualitative data arising in public health studies
  4. Identify when qualitative or quantitative methods are best suited to address a given research question
  5. Describe key features of study quality (rigor) for qualitative studies
  6. Contrast different approaches to qualitative data analysis
  7. Describe ways in which qualitative research is incorporated into research projects
Methods of Assessment
This course is evaluated as follows:
  • 40% Quizzes
  • 20% In-class Exercises
  • 40% Written Assignment(s)