Qualitative Health Research
Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Health Research
Master of Qualitative Health Research
|Graduate Certificate in Qualitative Health Research||Master of Qualitative Health Research|
|Credit points required to complete||24||60|
|Time to complete full-time||Not available||1.5 year|
|Time to complete part-time||1 to 3 years||2 to 6 years|
Qualitative research is becoming increasingly popular in health-related fields including medicine, public health, nursing, allied health, dentistry and health policy. Qualitative health research provides evidence to policymakers, clinicians, health promotion professionals and consumers to understand the perspectives people bring to their health, the values people hold, and the actions people take.
Qualitative research aims to provide a deeper knowledge of how health fits into people’s everyday lives and how health and medical organisations work. Qualitative researchers observe people as they go about their usual activities, interview people, conduct focus groups and examine documents and images. They systematically analyse the resulting data to gain a better understanding of issues as they arise in the ordinary social world.
Qualitative research offers a demanding but extremely rewarding career for proficient communicators who love language and ideas, and are interested in textual rather than statistical analysis. Early career researchers and those considering a PhD will gain the experience, skills and knowledge required for future endeavours. Experienced researchers interested in advancing their career or moving into new areas will broaden their skills and develop new and deeper understandings of qualitative methodology.
The Sydney Qualitative Health Research Program is Australia’s only purpose-designed postgraduate program providing qualitative research skills and knowledge in this growing area of research inquiry. Both programs offer you:
- an intense and rigorous training in the core skills and conceptual foundations in commonly-used methodologies, study design strategies, data creation, and analysis and writing;
- opportunities for hands-on experience of important aspects of qualitative research practice, including data collection, analysis and dissemination; and
- mentoring to develop a sound proposal and ethics application for a future research project.
In addition, the Master’s program offers you:
- access to elective units to gain content knowledge in the areas of health and illness that interest you, or advanced theoretical training in philosophy, sociology, bioethics or history; and
- mentoring by expert qualitative researchers to conduct a substantial final research project
Both programs in qualitative research include four core units (PUBH500, QUAL5002, QUAL5003, QUAL5004) that provide skills training and conceptual foundations. They cover essential ideas, commonly-used methodologies, study design strategies and skills for data creation, analysis and writing. Master's students undertake additional core units in research practice and elective units of study.
Dr Julie Mooney-Somers
Phone: +61 2 9036 3412
Fax: +61 2 9036 3436