Qualitative Health Research

University of the West of England, Bristol
Delivery Method: Face-to-face

This module is offered at Level 3 (Degree) and Masters level and is delivered at our Frenchay Campus.

Course content includes:

  • Definition, nomenclature, epistemology: what is qualitative research; traditions of qualitative research; diverse methodological approaches (grounded theory; ethnography; phenomenology; narrative inquiry); the place of qualitative research in health research and evidence-based healthcare.
  • Current methodological debates: the value of qualitative research; ethics; sampling; reflexivity; quality criteria: validity, reliability and rigour; critical appraisal.
  • Methods for qualitative data collection (QDC): interviewing; observation and field notes; focus groups and group facilitation; online qualitative approaches.
  • Methods for qualitative data analysis (QDA): basic principles; transcribing; field notes; data management; coding; inductive and deductive analysis; approaches to data analysis (thematic content analysis; framework approach; narrative analysis; discourse); qualitative approaches to evidence synthesis.

Funding may be available to support your learning. Please contact your Trust Education Lead. If you work in the Private, Independent and Voluntary Sector, please contact your employer who will advise you.

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