Qualitative Research Methods for Public Health - PDM1122

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.

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


$550 incl GST per day

Alumni discounted fees


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)

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.
  • SPHPM Doctoral students wishing to register for this course must contact sphpm-doctoral-admin@monash.edu.
  • Course materials include lecture and seminar slides and key readings.

Please note: It is not mandatory to bring a laptop to this course. You may, if you wish, bring one to Day 3 however it is not compulsory.

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: M6024 Handbook 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.

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