Introductory Qualitative Methods (PUBH5031)


This unit aims to give a basic introduction to qualitative research and how it differs from quantitative research. It presents 3 data collection techniques (interviews, focus groups, observation) used in qualitative research and demonstrates their relevance to public health issues. It introduces basic qualitative analysis and critical appraisal of qualitative research articles. Learning is largely self- directed with some online discussion.

Further unit of study information


This unit can only be studied by distance through recorded lectures, readings and online discussion.


Short answer questions (15%), 1 x 1500 word critical appraisal essay and checklist (85%).

Faculty/department permission required?


Unit of study rules


PUBH5500, QUAL5005

Study this unit outside a degree

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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

Cross-institutional study

If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.