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Unit of study_

PUBH5505: Qualitative Research in Health

This unit of study introduces you to qualitative research in health, providing you with core concepts and skills. It is designed for beginners and people who want an advanced level introduction. Over the course of the unit we will address: What is qualitative research? How is it different from quantitative research? What is its history? What research problems can it address? How do I design a qualitative study? What are the different (and best) ways to generate data? How do you analyse qualitative data? Is methodology different to method? 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. This unit will give you the skills and confidence to begin conducting and using qualitative research.

Code PUBH5505
Academic unit Public Health
Credit points 6
PUBH5500 or QUAL5005 or QUAL5006

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand the value of qualitative research;argue for the value and usefulness of qualitative research
  • LO2. understand and apply the principles underlying qualitative study design
  • LO3. understand and apply qualitative data collection principles, and evaluate personal data collection skills
  • LO4. understand the principles shaping qualitative research practice, and justify research practice decisions in relation to these principles
  • LO5. understand qualitative data analysis principles, and analyse qualitative data at an introductory level
  • LO6. evaluate the quality and contribution to knowledge of published qualitative literature.

Unit outlines

Unit outlines will be available 2 weeks before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.