Qualitative Methods

Winter 2023 (2 units)

The focus of this course is a general introduction to qualitative methods research, with a particular emphasis on the role of qualitative or open-ended inquiry in health-related implementation research. Implementation research is the study of how research-informed practice change can be fostered and sustained in health systems or community settings. Implementation researchers understand that solutions have to work in real-world conditions, which are inherently complex and changeable. Qualitative methods are essential in implementation research because they enable an in-depth consideration of the dynamic context of implementation – including institutional structures, stakeholder groups’ interests and interactions, human-technology interactions, and political, economic, legal, and social conditions.

This course will present multiple qualitative research strategies by way of readings, lectures, case studies, and online discussions. Trainees will gain basic skills in conducting interviews, focus groups, and observations, data analysis, and innovative approaches such as rapid analysis. The course will also cover philosophical foundations, theory, and methodological topics including sampling, generalization and validity.

To Enroll

ATCR and MAS students use the Student Portal

All other students can find registration information on the Implementation Science website