Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health

The use of qualitative research methods into program evaluations, clinical trials and other public health projects is increasingly common. Qualitative inquiry brings a richness of human experience and perspective that cannot be captured through quantitative data, and is vital to understanding and improving the patient experience of health and healthcare.

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Course date

28 – 30 June 2023

(Registration closes 22 June)

Course delivery

Online via Zoom

Course fees

$550 incl. GST per day

(Participants may register for one, two, or three days of this course)

10% discount for Undergraduate or postgraduate students / Monash staff / Monash alumni / Alfred staff / VHA members

$2,700 with assessment

Program contact


Phone: +61 3 9903 0289

Terms and Conditions

This short course provides an introduction to the theories, concepts and practice of qualitative research. You'll gain practical skills in employing qualitative research designs, data collection and analysis. In particular, you'll learn how to meaningfully incorporate qualitative research with other research methods and study designs.

Course outline

Day 1

  • Overview of qualitative research designs – descriptive, phenomenology, action research, case study, ethnography, grounded theory
  • Overview of mixed methods research

Day 2

  • Insider and outsider research
  • Consumer and community involvement
  • Using frameworks to guide data collection
  • Data collection overview and practice sessions
    • interviews
    • focus groups
    • social media studies
  • Rigour in qualitative research

Day 3

  • Overview of qualitative analysis approaches
  • How to code and coding workshop
  • Making sense of your analysis
  • Communicating your findings (writing for publication)

Participants will be asked to submit a brief overview of current or intended research to help inform the development of practical exercises for the course.

SPHPM Doctoral students wishing to register for this course must contact sphpm-doctoral-admin@monash.edu.

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for clinical and allied health professionals, psychologists, public health researchers, and PhD candidates interested in using qualitative research methods.

Accelerate your qualification

Eligible participants who complete the assessed version of this short course can receive 6 credit points towards the Master of Public Health. Valid for 7 years.

Learn more at: monash.edu/pubs/handbooks/courses/M6024.html

Important note: Completion of the assessed version of the short course does not guarantee admission into an award course. For further information regarding admission into the award courses, please contact: pgradenq@monash.edu.

Former students who have successfully completed assessment for this course can apply for prior credit here.

Course facilitator

Scholar testimonials

The whole course has exceeded my expectations. I have had some experience of qualitative research so came with a foundational knowledge – I now feel more confident in applying and developing my skills.
Darshini was engaging and enthusiastic. Easy to ask questions, and willing to help during breaks / after course session ends. Overall, I found this very useful and will refer to the notes as my research progresses.

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