QUALITATIVE METHODS IN PUBLIC HEALTH
2014/2015, Semester 2
Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health)
Modular Credits: 4
Description: Qualitative methods in Public Health will familiarize students with the range of related data collection and analytic methods, as well as ethical considerations and ways to best communicate this approach. Students will learn practical techniques to improve the quality of data collection, including: In depth interviews, focus groups and observational methods. We will also explore lesser-known approaches such as using photo voice or how to ‘walk through spaces’. Emphasis will be given to data management and transparency in analyses, the best ways of doing these, using practical policy relevant methods.
Aims & Objectives: To equip students with the understanding of what underpins the quantitative approach & how best to use it in public health. Upon completion, students will be able to:
1. Describe qualitative methods, & when the different types are most appropriately used.
2. Understand the ethical debate related to the qualitative methods contrasted to other approaches in public health.
3. Describe & apply the qualitative design cycle.
4. Undertake data collection for in-depth-interviews.
5. Setup & facilitate focus group disucssions.
6. Apply different approaches to observation (structured; participatory) & related data collection methods.
7. Manage & code data for thematic analyses.
8. Undertake a content analyses using media data.
9. Critically review the qualitative method identifying validity & reliability.
10. Undertake framework analyses, following the Ritchie & Lewis method.
11. Write up analyses (using the COREQ statement), & present it, clearly, concisely & creatively.
Lectures, Workshops; Field work.
This module is schedule to run in AY2014/2015, semester 2, every Tuesdays at 6pm to 9pm.
1. The qualitative paradigm, underpinning of the method.
2. Data collection for qualitative & observational methods.
3. Related data management & quality assurances.
4. Ethics in practice.
5. Qualitative analytic methods: Framework analyses & thematic coding.
6. Structured observation & content analyses.
7. Critical appraisal, validity & reliability in qualitative methods.
8. Writing up & presentation of qualitative & observational results.
Essays= 50 %
- (fieldwork ---30% (peer rated)
- class groupwork --- 20%
Workload Components : A-B-C-D-E
A: no. of lecture hours per week
B: no. of tutorial hours per week
C: no. of lab hours per week
D: no. of hours for projects, assignments, fieldwork etc per week
E: no. of hours for preparatory work by a student per week