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410.671.11 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Health Behavior and Society
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2013 - 2014
East Baltimore
Wed 06/19/2013 - Fri 06/21/2013
Class Times:
  • W Th F,  9:00am - 5:00pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Lori Leonard
Course Instructor:
Frequency Schedule:
One Year Only

Introduces students to qualitative research methods applied to the investigation of public health issues. Explores the theoretical underpinnings of qualitative research, factors that influence the utility of a qualitative approach, and ethical considerations in qualitative research. Focuses on the qualitative interview and provides an overview of the practical skills and tools required for conducting qualitative interviews and analyzing qualitative data.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Identify the different qualitative research methods commonly used in public health research
  2. Describe the main ethical and validity issues related to qualitative research methods, for the qualitative interview and focus groups in particular
  3. Identify appropriate uses for the qualitative interview and focus groups to address public health research questions
  4. Describe the steps involved in conducting qualitative interviews and focus groups and subsequent data analysis
Methods of Assessment:

Class participation, in-class assessment, and take-home assignment.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required