Advanced Qualitative Health Research (PUBH5500)

Overview

This course offers an advanced overview of qualitative research. It is designed for people new to qualitative research and those who want an advanced-level introduction to bring together their on-the-job learning with established principles. We will give you a new way of thinking critically about research and researching, and give you the skills and confidence to begin evaluating and doing qualitative research for yourself.

Workshop One addresses: What is qualitative research? How is it different from quantitative research? What is its history? What research questions can it answer? How can I search for qualitative literature? How do I design a qualitative study? What are the different (and best) ways to generate data?

Workshop One learning activities: You will get practical experience and skills through carrying out an observation, participating in a focus group and conducting an interview.

Workshop Two addresses: How do you analyse qualitative data? Is methodology different to method? What are ontology and epistemology? What is reflexivity (and aren't qualitative researchers biased)? What are the ethical issues? How are methodologies and theories used in qualitative research? What is good quality qualitative research? Can I generalise qualitative findings?

Workshop Two learning activities: You will get practical experience and skills through analysing your own interview data, arguing for qualitative research in health, and appraising the quality of published literature.

Teaching staff: Dr Julie Mooney-Somers (Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney) leads the course with experienced industry practitioners teaching into the program. In previous years guest lecturers have included:

  • Associate Professor Stacy Carter on the history of qualitative research (Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney)
  • Dr Peter Sainsbury on the place of qualitative research in health provision (Director, Population Health, Division of Population Health, Sydney Local Health District)
  • Associate Professor Ian Kerridge on research ethics (Director, Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine (VELiM) & Staff Haematologist, Royal North Shore Hospital)
  • Dr Rowena Forsyth on observation as a data collection method (Centre for Values, Ethics and the Law in Medicine, University of Sydney)

You’ll also hear from active qualitative researchers from research institutions and working in the non-governmental section via the very popular “Meet the Researcher” sessions

Aims

The course is designed to provide you the experience and skills you need to begin evaluating and doing qualitative research for yourself.

Learning outcomes:

  • Describe the characteristics and value of qualitative research
  • Understand and apply the principles underlying qualitative study design
  • Understand and apply qualitative data collection principles
  • Evaluate your data collection skills
  • Understand ethical issue in qualitative research
  • Justify research practice decisions in relation to these principles
  • Understand qualitative data analysis principles
  • Analyse qualitative data at an introductory level
  • Understand the principles underlying qualitative research practice
  • Evaluate the use of methodology in published research literature
  • Evaluate the quality and contribution to knowledge of published qualitative literature
  • Argue for the value and usefulness of qualitative research

Instructional Format

The course comprises two three-day workshops (9am -5pm) run approximately three weeks apart. Workshops are usually run Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Dates

Dates for 2015 have not been finalised however the first workshop usually runs across the last weekend in March with the second workshop three or four weeks later.

Venue

Workshops are held on the Camperdown campus, University of Sydney.

Application Deadline

24 February 2015

Course Fee

$2,000 (including GST) for a professional development student. If you take this option you:

  • are not required to complete assignments (you can but we will not mark them);
  • you will receive a certificate of completion but no academic transcript; and
  • you cannot use this course as credit towards a University of Sydney degree.

If you are interested in an alternative enrolment where you complete assessments, receive academic transcript and can use this course as credit towards a University of Sydney degree then you should apply for entry into this unit of study as a non-award student.

Application Form

Professional development student: Applications and payment must submitted by 24 February 2015 for the March course. Application form and payment

Non-Award student (seeking academic credit): Application process.

More Information

All enquiries can be directed to the Unit coordinator: