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Qualitative Research Practicum II: Collecting Qualitative Data

3rd term
International Health
2 credits
Academic Year:
2020 - 2021
Instruction Method:
Class Times:
  • Monday,  1:30 - 3:20pm
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Pamela Surkan

224.697.01 Qualitative Research Practicum I: Partnerships and Protocol Development.


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

Enables students to begin data collection and analysis for a qualitative research project in collaboration with a local community-based organization or JHU faculty. Discusses the informed consent process, common problems in qualitative data collection (interviews, focus groups, observation) and strategies for addressing them, how to make iterative changes to data collection methods, and different approaches to transcription and translation. Includes a debriefing with qualitative data collectors.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Conduct appropriate informed consent for qualitative studies
  2. Conduct qualitative interviews, focus groups, and observations
  3. Describe common problems in collecting qualitative data and identify strategies for addressing them
  4. Compare different approaches to qualitative data transcription and management
  5. Work collaboratively with interprofessional teams to establish community rapport for qualitative data collection
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 10% Preceptor evaluation
  • 70% Qualitative research project data
  • 10% Peer-feedback
  • 10% Participation

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students who have met the prerequisite or are enrolled for the current academic year.

Instructor Consent:

No consent required