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This course will equip students with the necessary skills to design, plan, conduct and write about qualitative research in the health field.

The Sydney Professional Certificate in Qualitative Health Research consists of 2 online and on-campus units of study. 

Students will be introduced to the core concepts and skills of qualitative research in health and gain experience carrying out an observation, participating in a focus group, conducting an interview, analysing data, arguing for qualitative research in health, and appraising the quality of published literature. 

The course will also cover advanced data analysis and writing skills -  students will analyse a portfolio of qualitative data, and produce a 'results and discussion' section for a journal article.

Units of study:

  • Qualitative Research in Health (PUBH5505)
  • Advanced Qualitative Analysis and Writing (PUBH5506)

Please see below under What you’ll study for unit of study details.

Who should study this course?

Public health and health professionals, researchers working in the not-for-profit sector and in professional services organisations, and emerging researchers including PhD candidates looking to gain speciality skills and confidence in the use of qualitative health research.

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Entry, fees, funding & how to apply

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Your entry requirements

English language proficiency

Find out if you need to prove English language proficiency (depends on your country of origin and educational background).

For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.

Your fee

How to apply

You can apply online via the application portal. When you are ready to apply, select the ‘Apply’ button on this course page. Visit the How to apply page for other important information.

Standard closing dates:

Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year

We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.

Starting date

Semester 2 (August)

This course is not available to International Students.

This course is not available to International Students.

Starting date

What you'll study

Students doing this professional certificate need to complete two units of study:

  • PUBH5505 - Qualitative Research in Health - offered in Semester 2 only
  • PUBH5506 - Advanced Qualitative Analysis and Writing - offered in Semester 1 only

Please note: students must complete PUBH5505 before they can enrol in PUBH5506.

Units of Study

Admissions criteria

Admission to the Sydney Professional Certificate in Qualitative Health Research requires a Bachelor degree or equivalent professional experience.

Credit for previous study

For more information about the University’s credit policy, please see the Credit for Previous Studies page.

Course opportunities

Completion of a Sydney Professional Certificate in Qualitative Health Research can be used as credit and articulate to a:

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