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Doctoral Seminar in Mixed Methods for Public Health Research

East Baltimore
4th term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2012 - 2013
Class Times:
  • Friday,  9:00 - 11:50am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor s:
Lori Erby

Formal coursework or experience with both qualitative and quantitative research methods


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.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Interpret and use the language of mixed methods alongside the terminology of qualitative and quantitative designs.
  2. Explain the paradigms that have informed the development of mixed methods research and to assess how those paradigms might influence the student’s own work.
  3. Discuss the philosophical aspects of a variety of research approaches as a means to enhance their development as independent researchers.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of several typologies of mixed methods research.
  5. Choose an appropriate mixed-methods design and analytic strategy to address a relevant public health problem.
  6. Identify and understand relevant resoruces in the academic literature in order to continue learning new ideas and approaches for mixed methods research.
  7. Apply mixed methods to an idea of professional interest and to develop a mixed methods research proposal related to that idea.
Methods of Assessment:

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 Restriction:

Restricted to doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for some students

Consent Note:

Consent required for doctoral students who have not yet completed at least one each of the list of qualitative and quantitative course prerequisites.

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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.