Qualitative Methods in the Study of Health, Disease and Medical Systems

EPID 5340
Fall term
1 CU
Previous course work in research methods or Permission of Instructor

This course combines informal lecture and discussion with practical exercises to build specific skills for conducting qualitative research on healthcare, broadly defined. Readings include books and papers about research methodology and articles that provide exemplars and pitfalls of qualitative research. Specific topics covered include: the role of theory in qualitative research, method-research question fit, collecting different types of qualitative data (observation, interview, focus group, text, video), ethical issues in qualitative research, establishing rigor in qualitative research, introduction to qualitative data analysis using software, mixing methods, approaches for obtaining grant funding for qualitative research and writing up qualitative research studies for publication.

The objectives of this course are: 1) To introduce the student to the epistemological underpinning of qualitative methodology; 2) To review how to select the best qualitative approach for different research questions; 3) To introduce the student to different qualitative data collection techniques; 4) To review standards of methodological rigor in qualitative research; 5) To introduce the basic principles of qualitative data analysis using NVivo software; 6) To provide practical advice about planning, getting funding for and implementing a qualitative study.

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How can we answer and anticipate the pressing health issues we face together as a society? At the CCEB we rise to that challenge through research and training in epidemiology and in biostatistics. We solve problems facing patients and populations. READ MORE ABOUT CCEB



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