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410.671.11 Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Health Behavior and Society
Summer Inst. term
3 credits
Academic Year:
2019 - 2020
East Baltimore
Mon 06/17/2019 - Wed 06/19/2019
Class Times:
  • M Tu W,  9:00am - 4:50pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Katherine Smith
Course Instructor :

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: 20% (10% from participation in lectures and 10% from participation in the workshops). First assignment 20%. Second assignment 20%. Final proposal 40%.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required