PUBH5805 Qualitative Research Methods in Health

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content
The objectives of this unit are to enable students to understand philosophical assumptions of, and approaches to, qualitative research and engage in related theoretical debates around qualitative research, with particular reference to health. Students acquire the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to enable them to undertake sound qualitative research. The topics include an introduction to qualitative research; the role of qualitative research in health and public health; paradigm and interpretive frameworks; approaches to qualitative research; data collection and instrument development; rigour, ethics and sampling in qualitative research; in-depth interviews, participant observation, group discussions and focus groups; qualitative data analysis; qualitative research with minority groups; qualitative evaluation research; writing and publishing qualitative research; and the future and challenges of qualitative research.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of philosophical assumptions of and theoretical debates in qualitative research; (2) understand and apply different approaches to qualitative research; (3) critically appraise qualitative research articles/reports; (4) develop a qualitative research proposal; (5) use a range of core qualitative data collection methods; (6) undertake simple data analysis and reporting related to small-scale qualitative data sets; (7) acquire a fundamental understanding of ethics in qualitative research; and (8) develop skills in writing and publishing qualitative research.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) essay—ethics and qualitative research; (2) critique of qualitative research article; and (3) qualitative research proposal including qualitative data analysis. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Colleen Fisher
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week
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