224.690.81 Qualitative Research Theory and Methods
- International Health
- 1st term
- 3 credits
- Academic Year:
- 2019 - 2020
Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.
This course prepares students to conduct independent qualitative research. It focuses on skill competencies for developing, implementing, and critiquing qualitative data collection methods in domestic and international settings. It is designed to be taken sequentially with 224.691 (Qualitative Data Analysis) and, for those interested in gaining practical skills in actually conducting qualitative research, with 224.697-99 (Qualitative Practicum series).
Introduces practical skills for conducting qualitative research in domestic and international settings. Provides an overview of theoretical foundations of qualitative research and different methodologies for qualitative inquiry, including programmatic qualitative research, grounded theory, ethnography, phenomenology, narrative analysis, and case studies. Enables students to develop, interpret, and evaluate three common qualitative data collection methods: in-depth interviews, focus groups, and observation. Emphasizes understanding the basic principles and techniques critical for conduct, including question formation, tool design, sampling, data generation, ethics, and quality. Critically assesses the use of qualitative methods in the published health literature.
- Learning Objectives:
- Identify epistemological differences between qualitative and quantitative research paradigms
- Differentiate between various methodologies for qualitative inquiry, including ethnography, phenomenology, grounded theory, narrative analysis, and case studies
- Formulate appropriate qualitative research questions and study designs
- Describe and use multiple methods for the collection of qualitative data, including interviews, focus groups, and observation
- Articulate the relative appropriateness of different types of data collection for a particular study
- Discuss issues related to data quality and strategies for improving data quality
- Describe ethical adaptations necessary when conducting research in other cultural and linguistic settings
- Methods of Assessment:
Memo assignment - interview feedback 10%
Final exam 50%
- Instructor Consent:
No consent required
- Special Comments:
This course does not offer a fieldwork component. Students interested in managing and analyzing qualitative data are encouraged to take the sequel course: 224.691.01 Qualitative Data Analysis