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Title: Qualitative Research Methods and Data Analysis in International Health
Keywords: Research
Qualitative methods
Knowledge, attitude and practice
Country: Germany
Institution: Germany - Institute of International Health, Berlin
Course coordinator: Angel Phuti
Date start: 2024-06-02
Date end: 2024-06-13
About duration and dates: Two weeks face-to-face/synchronous online plus 2 days for proposal development (submission deadline 1 week after face-to-face/synchronous online week)
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location: Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health,
Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Campus Virchow-Klinikum

Augustenburger Platz 1
Campus address: Südring 3b
13353 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 (30) 450 565 752
Fax: +49 (30) 450 565 989
tropEd representative: Dr Hans-Friedemann Kinkel
ECTS credit points: 3.5 ECTS credits
SIT: SIT: 108 hours
Contact: 60 hours (46.5 hours lectures + 4 hours guided group work + 6.5 hours practical + 3 hours class tests)
Self-study: 48 hours (19 hours private reading during face-to-face week + 29 hours for proposal development)
Language: English
At the end of the module students will be able to
• Design a qualitative research proposal
• Appraise peer reviewed qualitative research
• Apply ethical considerations including understanding the issues of bias (reflectivity and subjectivity) in qualitative research
• Demonstrate the ability to collect, transcribe and code qualitative data gained through in-depth interviews, focus-group discussions and/or participants’ observation methods and appraise qualitative research findings
• Formulate clear and succinct research questions for qualitative research applying all theoretical knowledge
• Explain main conceptual and methodological approaches in qualitative research (e.g. ethnographic, phenomenological, observational, cases study, grounded theory, interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA)
Assessment Procedures:
A written assignment (1500-2500 words, accounting 100% to the overall mark).

The assignment assesses the capability of the student to design a proposal for a qualitative research project of their choice.

Each student will receive an individual feedback on the assignment and a grade using a rubric matrix. Students pass the assignment if they gain 60% or more of the achievable points. If a student fails the assignment, s/he is allowed to revise and resubmit the assignment considering the comments provided by the marker (grading will not be capped).

Students receives two grades, one according to the German (absolute) 6 point decimal grading system - (1.0 excellent/sehr gut) -(6.0 not sufficient/ungenügend), pass mark: ≥ 4.0 (sufficient/ausreichend) and one according to the (relative) ECTS grading system (A top 10%, B next 25%, C next 39%, D next 25%, E lowest 10%).

In addition there are two unmarked mandatory short written tests (formative assessment) at the end of each week to assess learning progress.
The course will cover the following topics:
Day 1:
• Introduction to qualitative research and differences between quantitative and mixed methods (lecture) (2 hrs)
• Methods: ethnographic, phenomenological and grounded theory methods, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA), Participatory Action Research, case study (lecture) (3 hrs)
• Formulating aims and objectives in Qualitative research (lecture) (2 hrs)
• Self-study (2 hrs)
Day 2
• Qualitative data collection methods: in-depth interviews, focus-group discussions (FGDs) and participants’ observation methods (lecture) (3 hrs)
• Appropriate methods in qualitative data capturing (lecture) (1 hrs)
• Ethical issues in research (1 hr)
• Group work: Qualitative data collection methods (pre-selected simple topics with two objectives) using different methods & capturing methods (2 individual interviews/ 2 observations/ 1 FGD (2 hrs))
• Self-study (2 hrs)
Day 3
• Discussion or feedback from group work (2 hrs)
• Strengthening and Assessing Rigour in Qualitative Research- how to achieve rich and high quality qualitative data (use role play as examples) (lecture) (2 hrs)
• Transcription process (lecture) (2 hrs)
• Self-study (transcribe a recorded interview (3 hrs)
Day 4
• Introduction to Qualitative Data Analysis and types of Analysis (lecture) (2.5 hrs)
• Overview of data collection software and traditional methods (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Group-work: Create themes/nodes or coding tree from transcripts and feedback (2 hrs)
• Self-study (3 hrs)
Day 5
• Written class test I (Content from day 1-4) and revision lecture in the class (1.5 hrs)
• Practical: Introduction to NVivo. - Setting the project from the data collected/ transcripts and data coding (4,5 hrs)
• Self-study (3 hrs)
Day 6
• Reporting writing and presentation of qualitative research findings (lecture) (3 hrs)
• Writing qualitative papers for peer review (lecture) (1.5hrs)
• Interpretation of research findings (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Self-study and read 3 recommended peer reviewed articles (3 hrs)
Day 7
• The role of qualitative research in global health (lecture) (2 hrs)
• Critique and discussion of peer reviewed articles (lecture + class discussion) (2 hrs)
• Practical: Use NVivo software in the analysis process in writing reviews of published qualitative data (2 hrs)
• Self-study (3 hrs)
• Principles of formulating a qualitative research proposal (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Literature review/existing background information in proposal writing (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Formulating the problem statement, aims, research questions and objectives in qualitative research (lecture) (3 hrs)
• Self-study: Proposal preparation: Start designing research proposal: Part 1 (3 hrs)
Day 9
• How to select the relevant methodology and sample size to answer specific research questions (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Choosing the correct data collection instrument (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Environment, Sampling and Reflexivity in Qualitative Research proposal (lecture) (1.5 hrs)
• Declaration of ethical issues in proposal writing (lecture) (1.5 hr)
• Self-study: Proposal preparation: Part II-designing research proposal continued (3 hrs)
Day 10
• Written class test II (content of day 5-9) and discussion in class (1.5 hrs)
• Questions and answer lecture session (1.5 hrs)
• Feedback & Evaluation (1 hr)Feedback & Evaluation (1 hr)
• Self-study: Proposal Preparation (5 hrs)
The learning method is a combination of teacher centered (lecture based with discussion) as well as learner centered (groupwork, practicals, self-study and assignment) methods.
• Successful completion of the core course
• English TOEFL test 550 or 213 computer-based or 79/80 internet-based or IELTS band 6.0
• Laptop and basic computer skillsStudent
• Software NVivo (30 day trial version for free)
• Voice recording device (e.g. mobile phone)
• Notepad and pen (practice note taking in qualitative research)
Max. number of students: 25
Students have to attend 85% of the face-to-face week.
Participants are selected on a first come first served basis.
1.225,00 € tropEd MScIH students and alumni (For Berlin students who started their studies in 2022 or earlier the old scale of fees applies. Please see here)
1.531,25 € for guest students
None available
tropEd accreditation:
First accredited at Online tropEd GA (“Hamburg”), 11 - 12 June 2020 (EC TelCo, July 2020). This accreditation is valid until July 2025.
Please note that in 2020 the module will be delivered as synchronous online module

Recommended readings:
Creswell, J., 2009. Research design: qualitative, quantitative, and mixed method approaches, 3rd edition. London: Sage.
Merriam SB., 2016. Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation, 4th Edition. USA: John Wiley and Sons.
Creswell, J., 2013. Qualitative Inquiry & Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches; 3rd edition. London: Sage.
Tong A., Sainsbury P., Craig J. Consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research (COREQ): a 32-item checklist for interviews and focus groups. Int J Qual Health Care. 2007;19(6):349-357
Napolitano, DA., Jones COA. Who needs ‘pukka anthropologists’? A study of the perceptions of the use of anthropology in tropical public health research
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Fifteen years of the tropEd Masters in International Health programme: what has it delivered? Results of an alumni survey of masters students in international health

L. Gerstel1, P. A. C. Zwanikken1, A. Hoffman2, C. Diederichs3, M. Borchert3 and B. Peterhans2

1 Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2 Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland
3 Institute of Tropical Medicine and International Health, Charite – Universit€atsmedizin Berlin, Berlin, Germany