Title: Qualitative Research Methods for Global Public Health
Keywords: Qualitative methods
Country: Norway
Institution: Norway - Centre for International Health, Universitetet i Bergen
Course coordinator: Professor Karen Marie Moland
Date start: 2020-02-03
Date end: 2020-03-13
About duration and dates: Total number of weeks: Six weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Distance-based
Course location: Delivered electronically from Centre for International Health, University of Bergen
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
SIT: Total: 125 hours SIT
· Individual studies of web-based lectures (text reading,
videos and small exercises/quizzes): 45 hours
· Participation in web-based discussions in groups of student, moderated by professor: 20 hours
Assignments of 60 hours:
· Development of a project proposal for research, together with a team of students (10 hours)
· Development of a mini research report from a mini research exercise performed by a team of students (40 hours)
· Development of a written individual reflection report (10 hours)
Language: English
The course aims to prepare the students for the use of qualitative research in global public health.
On successful completion of the module, the student will be able to:
· Design and implement a qualitative research project in global public health using in-depth interview, focus group discussion and participant observation as data collection methods
· Apply the principles for coding and analysis of qualitative data
· Assess the strengths and limitations of qualitative research
· Assess and practice ethical principles in qualitative health research
· Apply the principles for appraising the trustworthiness of quality research
Assessment Procedures:
The assessment has three parts:
1+2) Two parts made by a team of students
The students are placed in teams in the first week of the course, and work together on these two parts of the assessment during the course. Team size: 4-5 students.
1. A mini research project proposal will be developed by the team and submitted as a written text of minimum 300, maximum 500 words in My UiB,
2. A mini research report will be developed from a small study performed by the team and delivered on My UiB as a power point presentation of minimum 10, maximum 20 slides, or it can be submitted as a word document of minimum 1200, maximum 2000 words.
Each of these two parts contribute to 30% of the grade.
3) Individual assignment
Each individual student must deliver a home assignment. The topic of the assignment is methodological challenges; this must be written related to the team mini research report (the one the group delivered for part 2), and be of minimum 1000, maximum 1500 words.
This part contributes to 40% of the grade.
Grading –A-F.
If the team fails in one or both of the team based parts, they will be allowed to resit for exam in the same semester.
If there are problems on the resit for the same team, a new team will be established.
If the individual student fails the individual exam, he/she can resit for exam in the same semester. If the student fails a second time, he/she will be adviced to participate in the course one more time. A third resit.will be possible in October the same year, or one year after.
The course gives an overview of qualitative research designs and presents various qualitative research methods and approaches. The course will demonstrate the use of these methods in public health research projects. Coding and analysis of data obtained from qualitative research will be demonstrated and practiced in exercises. The strengths and weaknesses of qualitative research approaches will be discussed.
The main topics covered in the lectures/seminars:
· Characteristics of qualitative research in global public health
· Strategies of inquiry in health research, how to define research questions in global public health
· How to design a qualitative research project in global public health
· Data collection methods: In-depth interview, Focus Group Discussion and Participant observation
· How to develop interview / topic guides in qualitative research
· Qualitative data analysis
· How to report data and write descriptions of results obtained from qualitative studies in global public health
· Confidentiality issues and informed consent in research
· How to obtain trustworthiness in qualitative research
· Ethical issues in public health research
· Web-based lectures (reading web-based texts, videos,small exercises/quizzes) 35%.
· Participation in moderated discussion boards 20%
Groups of students will be given questions for discussion, and a moderator/teacher will participate in each discussion for a limited period of time.
· Group proposal development exercise. Students will study in teams to develop a mini research project proposal. Help and advice will be given to the groups of students from the professor during this process 10%.
· Group mini research exercise: Students will study in teams to formulate, design, develop and carry out a small qualitative research project using one or more of the methods discussed in the course. Students will analyze the results together, and deliver presentations during the final session of the course 35%.
Students admitted to a Master’s Degree Programme may join this course. A good working knowledge of English is necessary (English TOEFL test, score of at least 550 points paper-based
or 213 points computer-based, or an equivalent approved test).
A minimum of 5 students is needed to run the course, and a maximum of 20 students.
Master students in Global Health enrolled at the University of Bergen and Master students from institutions within TropEd will be registered before others.
No fee.
None available.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Antwerp GA in October 2017. This accreditation is valid until October 2022.
Email Address: Karen.moland@uib.no
Date Of Record Creation: 2017-10-22 15:57:54 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-10-25 07:27:32 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-10-22 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2019-10-25 12:19:07 (W3C-DTF)

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