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Qualitative Research II: Data Analysis

East Baltimore
4th term
International Health
5 credits
Academic Year:
2014 - 2015
Instruction Method:
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
Course Instructors:
Steven Harvey

224.689 Health Behavior Change at the Individual, Household and Community Levels, and 224.690 Qualitative Research: Theory and Methods


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. Manage qualitative data files efficiently and effectively to ensure ease of use and participant confidentiality
  2. Describe inductive and deductive methodologies for coding and analysis of textual data
  3. Develop a codebook, apply codes, and use memos to analyze qualitative data
  4. Describe and carry out analysis of textual qualitative data using two different approaches (Grounded Theory methods and Programmatic Qualitative Research)
  5. Have a basic understanding about the role of computer software in coding and analysis of textual data
  6. Collect and analyze systematic data and understand its application in qualitative research
  7. Describe several commonly used alternatives for presenting qualitative findings including journal articles and project reports
  8. Write a qualitative paper in a format like that of a peer-reviewed journal article
Methods of Assessment:

Written assignments, on-line quizzes, final presentation, and final 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. Letter grade only, no pass/fail allowed.