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Qualitative Health (Education) Research

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

10 days
700 EUR/full
700 EUR/full
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The Qualitative Health (Education) Research course from Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam focuses on why humans behave in certain ways and on how behavioural mechanisms work. As a qualitative researcher, your own experience and intuition play an important part in your work, which is reflected in the process of gathering and analysing data.


We are looking forward to welcoming you to VU Amsterdam Summer School online this year! Previous students exclaimed finding our summer school absolutely wonderful, interesting and fun yet also tremendously helpful for their professional and academic careers.

When you think of healthcare research,  randomized controlled trials, numbers, calculations, and p-values might spring to mind. The Qualitative Health (Education) Research course is offered by Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

But did you know there is a different way to do research? In qualitative health (education) research, the experiences, opinions, behaviours, and feelings of patients, healthcare professionals, medical educators, and students are the main topics of interest.

At the end of the summer school, participants can:

  • explain what qualitative research is and understand different paradigms 
  • formulate a research question and adjust this question during a research project 
  • name and recognize different mixed method and qualitative research designs 

Prepare, conduct and transcribe/make notes of either :

  • an interview study
  • an observation study
  • a visual (rich pictures) study

Programme Structure

There are three strands within the course: 
  • ‘Show’: focuses on visual research (e.g. rich pictures) 
  • ‘Tell’: focuses on interview research and the analysis of talk 
  • ‘Observe’: focuses on observational research
Students will be guided through the process of data gathering and will practise using this data to get to grips with qualitative analysis. In addition to assignments, the course includes: 
  • Share and compare sessions, in which students from different groups share and compare their experiences, progress, observations and questions; 
  • Spark sessions, in which guest lecturers inspire participants by presenting various qualitative methods they have used in research; 
  • Journal club sessions, in which we discuss papers together.
The course will be taught by experts in healthcare research and healthcare education with backgrounds in sociology, medicine, linguistics and education. 


This course is aimed at students who are doing or are planning to do qualitative research as part of their Master’s or PhD programme. We focus on research in the fields of healthcare and medical education.

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 10 days

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Dates session 1: 5 July – 16 July

Dates session 2: 19 July – 30 July 







Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae/Résumé
  • Transcript of records (a print screen of your most recent grades is sufficient and needs to include your name and the name of your University)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.
  • EU/EEA

    700 EUR/full
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 700 EUR for the full programme during 10 days.

700-950 EUR


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