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224.697.01 Qualitative Research Practicum I: Partnerships and Protocol Development

Department:
International Health
Term:
2nd term
Credits:
2 credits
Academic Year:
2017 - 2018
Location:
East Baltimore
Class Times:
  • Wednesday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Pass/Fail
Contact:
Caitlin Kennedy
Course Instructors:
Resources:
Description:

The best way to learn about qualitative research is to actually do a qualitative research study from start to finish.

Places students in teams collaborating with a local community-based organization or JHU faculty member to develop a qualitative research project. Introduces key topics in qualitative research including conducting field research, developing study protocols and data collection instruments, and interacting with qualitative research participants and collaborators. Addresses the practical aspects of qualitative study design (e.g. choosing between data collection methods, resolving logistical challenges, and operationalizing an iterative research design) as well as the practical aspects of ethical review (including the JHSPH IRB and school ethical review processes). Prepares students to develop the components needed to begin the qualitative research project conducted in 224.698.01: Qualitative Research Practicum II: Collecting Qualitative Data and 224.699.01:Qualitative Research Practicum III: Analyzing and Writing Qualitative Findings (NOTE: concurrent or prior enrollment required).

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the context (organizational, historical, economic, etc.) of the public health questions being answered through qualitative methods
  2. Describe the basic features of qualitative research and design of qualitative studies
  3. Develop qualitative interview guides, focus group discussion guides, and observation forms
  4. Prepare and submit a qualitative research protocol and associated materials to ethical review
Methods of Assessment:

Preceptor evaluation (10%);
Seminar participation (10%);
Peer review (10%);
Qualitative research project components (70%)

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students who have completed 224.690.01 Qualitative Research Theory and Methods & 224.691.01 Qualitative Data Analysis or are enrolled in these courses for the current academic year.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required