Research design, use of theories and conduct of qualitative research methods; examples from international research in population studies and health; most teaching in small, interactive classes.
This ten week course (10 ECTS) trains participants in qualitative research in population studies and health. The course consists of three modules:
1) The Research Process
2) Capita selecta Theories on Population and Health, and
3) Qualitative Research Methods.
The three modules link to and build upon each other. Based on the ‘Qualitative Research Cycle’ (Hutter, Hennink, and Bailey, 2011) the course starts with the formulation of qualitative research questions. Students subsequently embed these questions in theories on population and health. While becoming familiar with the research cycle, participants learn how to design a qualitative research project and receive intensive training in the conduct of qualitative research methods.
The Research Process module focusses on the formulation of research questions and the application of theories; on the formulation of a conceptual model and definition of concepts; and on research methodology. The Theory module deepens the participants’ understanding of the role of theory in research on population studies and health. The Qualitative Research Methods module focuses on the design and conduct of in-depth interviews, focus groups and participant observation
Weekly assignments culminating in a qualitative research outline; a portfolio of methods applied, and a final presentation of lessons learned. Students of the short course also take part in specialist seminars, for instance on Population, Health and Place.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
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The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
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