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Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods

Summer Inst. term
Health Behavior and Society
3 credits
Academic Year:
2022 - 2023
Instruction Method:
Synchronous Online with Some Asynchronous Online
Mon 06/13/2022 - Fri 06/17/2022
Class Times:
  • M Tu W Th F,  9:00 - 11:20am
Auditors Allowed:
Yes, with instructor consent
Undergrads Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructor:
Katherine Smith

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:

This course is evaluated as follows:

  • 40% Assignments
  • 40% Final Proposal
  • 20% Participation

Instructor Consent:

No consent required

Special Comments:

Course offered remotely.