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Qualitative Methods for Tobacco Control

4th term
Online Programs for Applied Learning
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Lauren Czaplicki

• Reviews the methods and rationale for incorporating qualitative approaches into tobacco control research.

• Explores the main principles of qualitative research and consider how these principles shape the questions to which qualitative methods can best be applied in tobacco control research.

• Introduces applied research techniques used in tobacco control, including observational studies, focus group discussion, in-depth interviews, and documents analysis.

• Describes techniques to analyze qualitative data collection and disseminate findings.

Learning Objectives:

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

  1. Describe the main qualitative data collection and analytic approaches used in tobacco control research, and articulate the relative appropriateness of each given a particular research question
  2. Identify the strengths and weaknesses of adopting a qualitative approach to addressing a particular research question
  3. Practice applying qualitative methods to specific questions relevant to tobacco control research
  4. Demonstrate competence in writing about qualitative methods, analysis, and findings
Methods of Assessment:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 20% Participation
  • 40% Observation protocol
  • 40% Interview/focus group discussion protocol

Enrollment Restriction:

Restricted to students in OPAL Certificate in Global Tobacco Control

Instructor Consent:

No consent required