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224.691.01 Qualitative Research II: Data Analysis

International Health
4th term
5 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • M W,  8:30 - 10:20am
Lab Times:
  • Wednesday,  10:30 - 11:50am (01)
  • Friday,  9:00 - 10:20am (02)
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Steven Harvey
Course Instructors:

224.689 and 224.690


Second of a two-term sequence (with 224.690), which introduces students to qualitative research and provide them with practical skills for conducting research in domestic and international settings. Emphasizes the management and analysis of qualitative data in public health research. Introduces various interpretive analytic approaches and guides students in applying them to data. Also introduces students to systematic data collection techniques originating in cognitive anthropology including free-listing, pile-sorting, paired comparisons, and rating and ranking techniques. Students analyze data they have collected as part of fieldwork projects initiated in 224.690 and write up the results in a final paper. Classroom sessions include lectures, discussion, intensive group work related to the fieldwork projects, and completion of a tutorial on the textual analysis software Atlas.ti and exercises on analysis of systematic data with Anthropac in the computer lab.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. describe inductive and deductive approaches to coding textual data
  2. collect and analyze systematic data using Anthropac,
  3. manage textual data files effectively to ensure ease of use and participant confidentiality
  4. use the basic functions of a computer software program for coding and analysis of textual data
  5. write a qualitative paper in a format like that of a peer-reviewed journal article
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be graded on participation, completion of coding and writing assignments, a team presentation and a final written paper.


Final grade applies to all terms

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Required to take both 224.690 and 224.691; grades posted after both courses are completed.