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HS5102 - Qualitative Research Methods for Health Professionals

Credit points: 3
Year: 2020
Student Contribution Band: Band 2
Administered by: College of Medicine & Dentistry

Available to students enrolled in the Graduate Certificate of Primary Health Care Research, the Public Health and Tropical Medicine Program (PMHTM, Dip PHTM, PGradDipPHTM), the Postgraduate Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, the MSc (Public Health and Tropical Medicine), Health Professional Education programs and other courses by arrangement with the Head of the School.

Qualitative research methods are playing an increasingly important role in health research and, indirectly, in health policy and programs. This subject will introduce students to doing qualitative research, both as a stand-alone approach and as a complement to quantitative research. Topics covered will include: theoretical and conceptual foundations of qualitative research; designing qualitative research; ethical issues in conducting qualitative research; main approaches to gathering data; interviewing skills; principles of qualitative data analysis; computer-assisted qualitative data analysis; writing up qualitative research and appraising qualitative research. This subject will also explore participatory action research and mixed method approaches.

Learning Outcomes

  • Design a qualitative research project, or incorporate qualitative methods into a mixed-methods research project;
  • Describe the distinguishing characteristics of different qualitative methodologies and apply these to a research project;
  • Employ a range of qualitative data collection and analysis methods and write up and present qualitative research data for publication;
  • Enhance verbal and written communication skills and academic literacy competencies.

Subject Assessment

  • Non-Invigilated > Assignments - (20%)
  • Conduct an interview and analyse the data 30% due week 12 - (30%)
  • develop a qualitative research proposal 50% due week 13 - (50%).

Special Assessment Requirements

Satisfactory completion of all assessment items and Contribution to the Discussion Board is a hurdle requirement.



External, Study Period 1
Census Date 26-Mar-2020
Coordinator: Dr Robin Ray, Dr Karen Carlisle
Lecturers: Ms Karen Johnston, Dr Robin Ray, Miss Emma Anderson, Dr Karen Carlisle.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

External, Study Period 2
Census Date 27-Aug-2020
Coordinator: Dr Robin Ray
Lecturers: Dr Robin Ray, Dr Karen Carlisle.
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU
Restrictions: An enrolment quota applies to this offering.

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