Introduction to Qualitative Research

Course Number
5200 (Biostatistics)

Course Description

  • This is an introductory course intended for Masters students in public health with limited prior exposure to qualitative research.
  • Students should not expect to be proficient in qualitative methods by the end of this course. However you can expect to have a good understanding of the qualitative research enterprise, be reasonably informed consumers of qualitative research, and be able to participate in the conduct of needs assessments, program evaluations and other applied qualitative public health research.
  • The course draws on a variety of approaches to teaching and learning about qualitative research:  mini-lectures, guest presentations, individual experience and group discussion of readings (literature on qualitative research & exemplars of qualitative research), fieldwork exercises, in-class exercises, and take home assignments.

Course Objectives

The course objectives are to:

  • Develop an appreciation for the diversity, breadth, distinctive nature, complexity, and potential of the qualitative research enterprise
  • Develop skills in critical reflexivity in (qualitative) public health research
  • Develop qualitative research skills
  • Develop an appreciation of the potential (and limitations) of qualitative research for students’ own areas of research and public health practice

General Requirements

  • There are no prerequisites for this course. However, only MHSc students in the Health Promotion and Community Nutrition programs will be permitted to enroll in this course. 3 additional spots have been reserved for students enrolled in departments who are participants in the CQ/QUIG collective