Qualitative Research Methods

Qualitative Research Methods - Introduction

The Qualitative Research Methods unit is meant to benefit scholars pursuing Business related courses, social sciences, administration and MPH & NM. The unit introduces you to some of the most important methods currently used by qualitative researchers. Qualitative research, as you will discover, encompasses a wide range of techniques that include, for example, ethnography, participant observation, documentary analysis, discourse analysis, reflexivity, retrospection and of course, interviews. What these techniques have in common is that they aim to help us account for and explain what goes on in the social world not in numerical terms - as is the case with quantitative research - but rather in terms of the meaning and interpretative understanding of human action.The Qualitative Research Methods unit is meant to benefit scholars pursuing Business related courses, social sciences, administration and MPH & NM. The unit introduces you to some of the most important methods currently used by qualitative researchers. Qualitative research, as you will discover, encompasses a wide range of techniques that include, for example, ethnography, participant observation, documentary analysis, discourse analysis, reflexivity, retrospection and of course, interviews. What these techniques have in common is that they aim to help us account for and explain what goes on in the social world not in numerical terms - as is the case with quantitative research - but rather in terms of the meaning and interpretative understanding of human action.

Course Fees

350,000 Ugx

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Course Objective

By the end of the course, participants should be able to begin developing the skills to use qualitative methodology in undertaking business administration, public health and primary care research

  • Understand the basic philosophical principles underpinning qualitative research.
  • Explain and critically discuss the most important qualitative methods used in social sciences, management, administration and business.
  • Compare and contrast the way in which qualitative data may be collected and used in the broader aspects of social sciences, business administration and management together with primary care and public health research. (SOPs, Research protocols, data analysis using different Qualitative software- Atlas Ti and envivo etc.)
  • Identify and analyse secondary data sources that can be used to undertake a qualitative research project in the area of social sciences, business administration and management together with primary care and public health research.

Modules (Content Areas)

  • Introduction to basic philosophical principles under pinning qualitative research
  • Introduction to basic qualitative methods; including sampling, data collection and basic thematic analysis.
  • Introductions to a number of different methodologies, commonly used in public health or primary care research. This includes narrative analysis, ethnography, and qualitative systematic reviews. There is also a useful practical topic about conducting focus group discussions. This section is not intended as comprehensive and the reader is also signposted to additional topics of interest at the end of Topic 5.

Course duration

5 weekends

Fridays:
6.00 pm -9.00pm

Saturdays:
9.00 am - 4.00 pm


Time allocation for theory is balanced with practical aspects of the course.

Certificate Award


An International Health Sciences Certificate of Participation is awarded to a participant who successfully completes the course.

Course Facilitator

Mr. Ogara Collins

is a qualified Social Scientist with experience and skills in qualitative public health research and analysis. He holds a B.A Social Sciences and an advanced Degree in Development Management. He is also a CDC fellow. His major focus is in maternal new- born and child health. 

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P.O. Box 7782 Kampala, Uganda

Tel: (+256) 312 307-400

Admissions: shortcourses@ihsu.ac.ug

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