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Introduction to Qualitative Research in Health

Learn how to evaluate and conduct qualitative research
This course will give you the skills and confidence to begin conducting and using qualitative research. It is available to do online or in person.

Course overview

This course introduces you to qualitative research in health and will provide you with core concepts and skills. It is designed for beginners and people who want an advanced level introduction. Throughout the course you will address what is qualitative research and how different is it from quantitative research? We will look at the history of qualitative research and what research problems it can address.

We will learn how to design a qualitative study and what are the different (and best) ways to generate data. We will also analyse qualitative data and look at why methodology is different to method. Then we will cover other topics such as:

  • What are ontology and epistemology? 
  • What is reflexivity (and aren't qualitative researchers biased)? 
  • What are the ethical issues? 
  • What is good quality qualitative research?
  • How can I use qualitative evidence in policy or practice?

You will get practical experience and skills through 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. You will hear from working qualitative researchers about how they use qualitative methods in their work.

Important: This short course is a variant of the unit of study, Introduction to Qualitative Research in Health (FMHU5003). It enables you to complete the unit without formal university enrolment. You will receive a certificate of attendance. 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 inc. GST
Course structure
  • This unit runs in Semester 2 only. 
  • 12 weekly pre-recorded lectures with a choice of online or in person tutorials or self-directed learning activities
Course dates
Students can choose between attending in-person tutorials, online tutorials, or self-directed study (no tutorial attendance)
In-person tutorials
Fridays 9:30-11:00am, 5th August-November 4th
Online tutorials
Fridays 12:00-1:30pm, 5th August-November 4th
Application deadline
  • Monday 18th July 2022
  • Camperdown campus (if choosing in person tutorial option)

How to apply

Complete the online application. You will be able to enter payment details as part of this secure process.
University of Sydney staff

Contact us regarding a journal transfer after you have submitted your application form.


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