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224.690.01 Qualitative Research I: Theory and Methods

International Health
3rd term
5 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 10:20am
Lab Times:
  • Thursday,  3:30 - 5:20pm (01)
  • Friday,  3:30 - 5:20pm (02)
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Larissa Jennings
Course Instructors:



First of a two-term sequence (with 224.691), which introduces students to qualitative research and provide them with practical skills for conducting research in domestic and international settings. Provides an overview of theoretical foundations of qualitative research and different approaches to qualitative inquiry, including programmatic qualitative research, grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, and narrative and case study approaches. Covers how to formulate qualitative research questions and how to design a qualitative research study. Provides description and practice in different qualitative data collection methods, including in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observation. To develop qualitative research skills, the course includes a significant group project component where students design and conduct hands-on local fieldwork projects, which must go through school ethical review and approval.

Methods of Assessment:

Student evaluation is based on participation, and group and individual assignments related to fieldwork projects. These include (1) research questions, interview guide, and consent form; (2) two in-depth interviews; and (3) focus group or observation.


Final grade applies to all terms

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Required to take both 224.690 and 224.691; no grade given until both courses are completed