Background

Dependence on numbers often undermines the complexities of real-life situations. Thus, interventions to solve problems remain inadequate and inappropriate.

Several concerns are generally expressed by the beginners in research profession in relation to choosing an appropriate research design, methods, data collection instruments and meaningful interpretations of findings. Because of inadequate understanding of the philosophical basis of qualitative research methods, criticisms regarding sampling bias, generalizations and validity of data often deject researchers’ motivations in pursuing qualitative studies. This also creates disciplinary prejudice and persuades unnecessary debates to demonstrate methodological superiority over the other.

This course will primarily construct an overview of qualitative research as an independent scientific method of investigation and will provide insights of qualitative research methods.

In this subject students develop core knowledge and skills for designing qualitative research in public health, including collecting, analysing, interpreting and presenting qualitative data. Topics include exploration of the nature of qualitative inquiry; broad theoretical approaches in qualitative research, research methods (ethnography, observation, case studies, focus groups, interviews, participatory action research); research design issues (sampling, ethical considerations, quality and rigor); and ethical issues in public health qualitative research.

Expected Learning Outcome

Upon completion of this course, participants are expected to obtain a basic understanding of qualitative research methods by realizing its importance and relevance to the field of research. It is anticipated that participants would learn to prepare a research concept note by using qualitative research methods.

  • Understand epistemologies as they relate to qualitative research and when to use qualitative methodology
  • Critically evaluate different theoretical and methodological approaches to qualitative research
  • Apply qualitative research methods through undertaking data collection through, e.g. focus group, interviews, observational methods
  • Appreciate cultural and ethical considerations for qualitative research in Public Health
  • Understand sampling techniques, bias and rigour as they apply to qualitative research
  • Apply coding and analysis techniques to qualitative data

Delivery Mode

E-Learning | Face to face on site | Mixed / Blended | Full-time / Part-time

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