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224.863.01
Doctoral Seminar in Research Methods in Applied Medical Anthropology I

Location:
East Baltimore
Term:
1st term
Department:
International Health
Credits:
4 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
TBD
Class Times:
  • Tu Th,  8:30 - 10:20am
Auditors Allowed:
No
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Contact:
Svea Closser
Resources:
Prerequisite:

224.690 and 224.691 Qualitative Research or equivalent

Description:

Discusses and explores advanced topics in qualitative methods, including participant observation, interviews and focus groups, content analysis, discourse analysis, and online ethnography. Discusses theories in medical anthropology that are particularly useful in the design and analysis of international health interventions.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe different ways in which the concept of ethnography as a methodology is operationalized in qualitative studies on health
  2. Identify the appropriate qualitative method(s) for a given research question, including participant observation, interviews, focus groups, content analysis, discourse analysis, performance analysis, and/or phenomenology
  3. Describe the strengths, limitations, and varieties of practice for each of the methods listed above, and design research projects that use these methods appropriately and to their best advantage
  4. Evaluate methodologies used in published qualitative studies
  5. Determine how history and power relations affect relationships between a researcher and those they interact with, and consider ways to confront these issues
  6. Assess the ways that health and illness is constructed, and how politics and power shape these constructions
  7. Integrate core medical anthropological concepts into the framing of research questions and the analysis of results
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 25% Discussion
  • 40% Participation
  • 25% Final Paper
  • 10% Peer-feedback

Instructor Consent:

Consent required for all students

Consent Note:

All students except SBI doctoral students must request consent from instructor

For consent, contact:

sclosser@jhu.edu