Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health


The use of qualitative research methods in public health research, such as program evaluations and clinical trials, is increasingly common. The aim of this short course is to introduce participants to the theories, concepts and practice of qualitative research. Participants will gain practical skills in employing qualitative research designs, data collection and analysis. In particular, participants will learn how to meaningfully incorporate qualitative research with other research methods and study designs.

Please note: Participants must bring a laptop to this course.

Course outline

Participants may register to attend one, two or all three days of this course.

The course is broken down into the following sections:

Principles and concepts of qualitative research
Overview of qualitative research designs
Overview of mixed methods research designs
Qualitative data collection techniques
Ethics in qualitative research
Practical application of data collection techniques (practice interviews, focus groups and participant observation)
Rigour in qualitative research
Introduction to qualitative analysis (frameworks, coding)
Coding workshop
Making sense of your analysis
Communicating your findings (writing for publication)

Further information

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

Course materials include lecture and seminar slides and key reading. Reading is provided on a USB stick.

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.

While the information contained herein was correct at the date of publication, Monash University reserves the right to alter procedures, fees and regulations should the need arise.