Qualitative and mixed methods
This introductory module aims to familiarise students with qualitative and mixed methods research approaches used in population health science research. It will enable participants to understand the principles of qualitative research, and the major qualitative research methodologies used in health and health care research. It will cover the key methods used to generate qualitative data, with brief practical experience of using approaches such as interviews and observations, alongside approaches to analysing qualitative data. In addition, participants will learn about the use of qualitative approaches alongside trials, mixed methods research designs and the integration of quantitative and qualitative data. This module will be a useful foundation for anyone seeking to understand qualitative and mixed methods research in more depth.
Module Learning Outcomes:
By the end of the module students should be able to:
- Explain the foundations of qualitative research, and the role and application of theory in qualitative and mixed methods research
- Outline the major qualitative and mixed methods approaches used in population health science research
- Describe a range of data collection methods, and evaluate their advantages and disadvantages
- Conduct thematic analysis, and be able to describe other analytical approaches in qualitative and mixed methods research
- Understand the stages of conducting, writing up and evaluating a qualitative or mixed methods research project
Pre-requisites: Research Skills
The course will be delivered using a combination of lectures, group discussions, and experiential learning through a variety of practical activities.
Written critical appraisal of a qualitative or mixed methods research paper; maximum of 1,500 words to be submitted one week after the end of the module.
Module Length: 5 days