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Qualitative Methods in Public Health


Fadda M.

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Why is a small community in Canton Vaud strongly against the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination? How do Somali women experience a diagnosis of breast cancer? How do intensive care unit professionals cope with severe burnout? Qualitative research seeks to answer questions regarding social phenomena so that we can better understand our world and why things are the way they look like. In this course, you will learn the principles and practice of qualitative research in the healthcare context.


Course structure

By the end of the course, you will become familiar with:

  • the most commonly used qualitative methodologies, including observation, interviews and focus groups;
  • the ways in which qualitative and quantitative approaches can be combined;
  • the main steps involved in study design, data collection and data analysis;
  • writing up and presenting your own qualitative research results.

Discussions, readings and real fieldwork will help you obtain the knowledge and the skills that are necessary to undertake your independent qualitative research project.

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