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Term: Summer Inst. term
Credits: 2 credits
Contact: Katherine Smith
Academic Year: 2014 - 2015

Introduces students to the analysis of interview and focus group data collected as part of qualitative public health research. Explores distinct analytic approaches and traditions, and compares the strengths and weaknesses of different analytic paradigms for different research questions. Introduces computer software for coding and managing data using freely available online demonstration of various software packages. Presents both theoretical and practical dimensions of qualitative data analysis. Emphasizes hands-on learning activities within the classroom to practice and apply concepts learned through readings, lectures, and discussion. Develops skills to conceptualize an analytic plan for qualitative data for future research.

Learning Objective(s):
Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain the influence of the research question and data collected on the analytic method and interpretive approach
Describe and compare different qualitative analytic traditions
Outline an analytic approach for a qualitative research initiative
Apply a coding framework to qualitative data
Justify a decision regarding use (or not) of a qualitative analysis software

Methods of Assessment: Student performance will be assessed by participation (50%), in-class coding activity (15%), in-class analysis development activity (15%), and take-home analysis and interpretation development plan (20%).
Location: East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Thu 06/19/2014 - Fri 06/20/2014
  • June 19 and 20, 2014. 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • Thursday 9:00 - 5:00
  • Friday 9:00 - 5:00
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Instructor Consent: Consent required for some students

Consent required for some students. Explanation: Consent required for students who have not completed Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (410.671).

For consent, contact:

410.671 or instructor consent

Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail