PHLH 250
Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health Fall 2017
Division II
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Qualitative methods provide the opportunity to add in-depth meaning and context regarding research on individuals and the environments of study. This course introduces students to qualitative research theory in Public Health and gives them the opportunity to ‘practice’ three qualitative research methods; (1) in-depth interviewing, (2) focus groups and (3) participant observation. Students will have the opportunity to pilot each of these three qualitative research methods, analyze a subset of the data via qualitative analysis software, and design a qualitative research study (including the research instrument). We will cover best practices in reporting qualitative results (for the purposes of peer-reviewed publication) and learn about the advantages and disadvantages of qualitative research in various domestic and international settings related to public health (such as nutrition, HIV and physical activity).
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 19
Expected: 15
Class#: 1965
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three 1-page reflection papers, transcription/field notes of one qualitative method (5-7 pages), one research proposal (10-15 pages), and an oral presentation
Prerequisites: PHLH 201 or equivalent
Enrollment Preferences: Public Health concentrators
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: PHLH Methods in Public Health

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