Title: Qualitative Research Methods for Global Public Health (will not take place in 2020)
Keywords: Team-work (incl. interdisciplinary, inter-professional)
Sociology (incl.. socio-cultural aspects)
Research method
Qualitative methods
Country: Norway
Institution: Norway - Centre for International Health, Universitetet i Bergen
Course coordinator: Karen Marie Moland
About duration and dates: 3 weeks
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Centre for International Health, Bergen, Norway
ECTS credit points: 5 ECTS credits
125 hours
10 hours pre-course reading
36 contact hours (lectures and seminars)
45 hours group work
26 hours individual study time in preparation for the lectures
8 hours written assignment
Language: English
By the end of the course, the student will be able to:
• Explain the characteristics of qualitative research and the rationale for its use in global public health
• Define a research question on a socio-cultural issue in global public health that needs a qualitative approach
• Design a qualitative research project research in global public health to investigate the research question defined
• Develop tools for data collection for a qualitative public health research project
• Practice the main qualitative research methods (in-depth interview, focus group discussion, participant observation)
• Apply the principles for coding and analysis of the qualitative data obtained
• Report findings from qualitative research
• 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:
1. Group mini research project proposal submitted on Mitt UIB (Canvas max 500 words).
2. Group mini research report presented in class and submitted on Mitt UIB as power point presentation max 20 slides or word document max 2000 words (1+2 are weighted 75% of the grade)
3. Individual home assignment on methodological challenges related to the group mini research project (max 1000 words) (weighted 25% of the grade)
Grading: A-F.
If the student fails the group – and/or the individual exam he/she can resit both as individual exams in the same semester.
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 the planning of health promotive and preventive interventions. Different approaches in 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 course includes both taught and practice sessions. Students will design a mini research project and will apply qualitative methods in a fieldwork research exercise.

The main topics covered in the lectures/seminars:
• Characteristics of qualitative research research in global public health
• Strategies of inquiry in health research
• Data collection methods: In-depth interview, Focus Group Discussion and Participant observation
• How to design a qualitative research project in health
• How to analyse data in qualitative research
• How to develop interview / topic guides
• How to report data: thick descriptions
• Confidentiality issues and informed consent
• Qualitative data analysis
• Rigour and trustworthiness in qualitative research
• Ethical issues in health research
• Lectures, discussions and practice sessions in the classroom – interactive approach – 40%
• Individual home exercises and readings – 20%
• Group mini research exercise: Students will study in small groups to formulate, 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 and make presentations during the final session of the course – 40%
Good working knowledge of English (TOEFL score of at least 550 points paper-based or 213 points computer-based, or an equivalent approved test). Students admitted to a Master’s Degree Programme may join this course (e.g. tropEd European Network).
Total maximum number of students:25
Max number of tropEd students:15
Min. number of students:10
Master students enrolled at the University of Bergen
Students in the Erasmus Mundus program MSc in Int Health
tropEd students on a first come, first served basis.
€70 for students outside the University of Bergen, to cover administrative cost. In addition, the students need to register at the University of Bergen and pay the semester fee of approximately NOK500 (subject to change)
Scholarships: None
Major changes since initial accreditation:
Three course days have been added, to reduce time spent on studies on the other days. Earlier, the course was too short for the amount of studies/reading the student had to do, and the students had to work very hard for very long days. With more days in the course, the time spent is less daily and gives more time which we think increase the learning possibilities.
Student evaluation:
Student evaluations have been very positive, particularly the practical exercises in research where the students get a chance to apply the methods taught in the course.
Criticism was raised about the expectations from the course organisers that the students would work during the weekend and late evenings with their mini-research exercise. In order to meet this criticism; three days were added.
Lessons learned:
The course in 2015 had an optional one-week extension for students to submit an individual paper on challenges in the design and analysis of qualitative or mixed methods research. This will not be continued, now we have a 5 ECTS course in this new version.
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in Copenhagen 2003. Re-accredited in May 2006, in April 2013, in March 2015 and in January 2017. This accreditation is valid until January 2022.

The new version of course with 4 ECTS credits is not yet accredited.
This is an in-depth course in qualitative methods for international public health professionals to develop skills in the use of different qualitative research methods. The course aims to prepare the students for the use of qualitative research in cross-cultural work in global health dealing with sensitive public health issues.
To Application Form
Email Address: Linda.Forshaw@uib.no
Date Of Record Creation: 2012-01-13 01:52:20 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2019-10-25 07:18:54 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2017-09-12 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2019-10-25 07:18:54 (W3C-DTF)

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