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Qualitative Analysis and Writing in Health

Extend your qualitative analysis and writing abilities and confidence
This course extends practical and theoretical knowledge of qualitative research to provide advanced concepts and skills in qualitative data analysis and writing. You should have a basic understanding of qualitative research.

Course overview

In this course you will explore the principles of qualitative analysis, and learn about different analytic strategies and key analytic tools. You will learn how to develop codes and themes, use memos and analytic maps, and interpret data through the process of writing. You will learn about starting writing, structuring articles, making analytic arguments, and editing your own work.

Most importantly, we will consider what it means to think and write 'qualitatively'.

Between workshops, students apply the techniques they learn in class to a portfolio of qualitative data. They receive feedback on each step of their analysis, and after the final workshop produce a polished piece of analytic work. Short course students are not required to complete these assessments. However, hands-on experience is fundamental to learning on this course, we strongly recommend students commit to doing it.  

Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Qualitative Analysis and Writing in Health (FMHU5004). It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of assessment. However, you will not receive credit points towards a University of Sydney degree.

To receive credit points and an academic transcript, please see the Medicine Postgraduate Non Award.

Key information
Course fees
  • Individuals: $2,000

Course structure

  • This unit runs in Semester 1 only.
  • 1 x 2 day workshops plus 3 x 1 day workshop with some pre-recorded lectures and activities to complete in advance.
  • Students can participate in live workshops in-person or via Zoom.
Course dates

1x2-day workshop:

Friday 10th March, 10:00am-3:00pm

(Law Annexe Seminar Room 346)

Saturday 11th March, 9:00am-1:00pm

(Law Annexe Seminar Room 346)


3x1-day workshops:

(Law Annexe Seminar Room 346 for all three workshops)

Friday 31st March, 10:00am-3:00pm

Friday 28th April, 10:00am-4:00pm

Friday 19th May, 10:00am-3:00pm

Applications close Sunday February 26th 2023
Location Camperdown campus


Payment type

How to pay

Credit Card

Link to payment portal provided upon submitting application form


Link to payment portal provided upon submitting application form

Journal transfer (University of Sydney staff)

Please arrange with your local Finance Officer

What happens next?

Once payment has been processed:

You will receive an email confirming receipt of payment

2-3 weeks from the beginning of classes:

You will receive a welcome email from the Sydney School of Public Health Education Support team, containing your e-learning login details and orientation materials.

2 weeks from the beginning of classes:

You will be able to access the e-learning Canvas site for the course. The Unit of Study Coordinator will provide you with a list of the readings.

After completing the course:

Please contact the Sydney School of Public Health Education Support team ( to receive a copy of your Completion Certificate. 


If you decide to cancel your enrolment, the following penalty will apply:
• Cancellation received before the start of classes: the full course fee will be refunded.
• Cancellation received on or after the first day of classes: no refund.

Cancellation must be made via email to the Sydney School of Public Health Education Support Team:


  • Education Support Office Level 3 Edward Ford Building (A27) The University of Sydney NSW 2006 Australia