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Spring 2 2008

Dr. E. Barbeau
2.5 credits
Lectures, seminars. One 3-hour session each week.

Qualitative research can be used alone or in combination with quantitative research to investigate public health questions. This introductory-level course begins by examining when it is appropriate to use qualitative methods in public health research. The course then explores specific topics, including: developing research questions, sampling, data collection methods (focusing on interviews, focus groups, observation and document review), data management and analysis, and combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students will be required to apply concepts covered in class through an assignment to collect and analyze qualitative data.
Course Activities: Class discussion, primary data collection and analysis using qualitative research methods.
Course Note: Enrollment limited to 30 students; ordinal grading option only. (5.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

Spring 2 2007

Dr. E. Barbeau
2.5 credits
Lectures, seminars. One 3-hour session each week.

Qualitative research can be used alone or in combination with quantitative research to investigate public health questions. This introductory-level course begins by examining when it is appropriate to use qualitative methods in public health research. The course then explores specific topics, including: developing research questions, sampling, data collection methods (focusing on interviews, focus groups, observation and document review), data management and analysis, and combining qualitative and quantitative research methods. Students will be required to apply concepts covered in class through an assignment to collect and analyze qualitative data.
Course Activities: Class discussion, primary data collection and analysis using qualitative research methods.
Course Note: Enrollment limited to 30 students; ordinal grading option only. (5.06)


Course evaluations are an important method for feedback on the quality of course offerings. The submission of a course evaluation is a requirement for this course. Your grade for the course will be made available only after you have submitted responses to at least the first three questions of the on-line evaluation for this course.

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