Academic Year: 2012 - 2013
Introduces doctoral students to emerging discussions and applications of mixed methods research in public health. Explores mixed methods as a third research paradigm that involves the utilization of both quantitative and qualitative methods within a single inquiry to enhance the researcher's abililty to understand the problem at hand. Fosters synthesis of and engaged reflection on qualitative and quantitative research training. Specific topics include: history and language of mixed methods research; relevant paradigms and epistemological debates; mixed methods design and research questions; and analysis and dissemination considerations.
Student Evaluation: Weekly analysis of readings; discussant preparation for small-group assignment; annotated outline of research proposal involving application of a mixed methods approach to student research question of interest; class participation.
Enrollment Minimum: 7
Enrollment Maximum: 20
Enrollment Restriction: Restricted to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows
Formal coursework or experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods
Auditors Allowed: Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction: Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Special Comments: Weekly half-page written reflection on the relevance of the readings for the development of the student’s future research; preparation as discussant for one class period (small group assignment); annotated outline of the content of a research proposal involving the application of a mixed methods approach to a research question of interest to the student; and class participation.