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Tuesday 13 February 2024

Qualitative research produces an in-depth understanding of the social world, typically using conversations, text, audio-visual images/recordings or direct observations as data. This course provides a hands-on-taster of qualitative research design, data collection and analysis.

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Topics covered

The course provides an overview of the different qualitative research approaches commonly used in health research. Topics covered include:

  • Qualitative research methodologies
  • Methods of data collection (interviews, observations ans using documents)
  • Data analysis and interpretation

These topics will be illustrated using examples from public health research projects. Time will also be made available for practical exercises in data gathering and analysis of qualitative data.

Style of course

A mix of principles of qualitative research, guest speakers, discussion and hands-on activities. Small group teaching with up to 25 people. This course will be held in person in Wellington

Who should attend?

This course will provide valuable learning opportunities for:

  • Students, practitioners and researchers in any area of health
  • Those wanting a better understanding of qualitative research, its application and interpretation, and assessment of quality

Draft timetable

9:00am Introductions and what do people want from the day?
9:15am What is qualitative research and where is it useful?  Principles of qualitative research design, research questions and sampling
10:30am Morning break
11:00am Observational research: Principles, case studies and practical activities
12:30pm Lunch break
1:30pmInterviews and focus groups:  Principles, research examples and practical activities
3:00pm Afternoon break
3:30pm Using documents in qualitative research: Principles and research examples

Qualitative data analysis and interpretation: Principles and practical activities
4:50pm Evaluation
5:00pm Finish

Teaching staff

  • Emma Osborne – Department of Public Health, University of Otago, Wellington
  • Guest speakers – TBC


This course will be held in-person at the Wellington campus of University of Otago in Mein Street, Newtown (next to Wellington Regional Hospital). Specific directions to the course reception/room will be sent the week before the course start.

Course cost and registration

$375 early bird, $500 after Wednesday 20 December 2023.

A 50% discount is available to full-time students, those unwaged and University of Otago staff.

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For more information please contact the course convenor

Contact name
Emma Osborne
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