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Qualitative methods in public health science

Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
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Full education cost: 18 375 SEK
First payment: 18 375 SEK

No fees are charged for EU and EEA citizens, Swedish residence permit holders and exchange students.

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Application closed, late application opens 16 July 2021.


This course elaborates on different qualitative methods such as content analyses, grounded theory, phenomenology and ethnography. Furthermore, different modes of data-collection such as interviews, focus groups, observations and document analysis are introduced. In the course the students individually shall plan for and carry out a small pilot study which includes the theoretical and practical features of a qualitative research process such as identify research aim, choose design, identify ethical issues, create interview guide or equivalent, formulate letter for informed consent, collect data, transcribe interviews or equivalent, and carry out analysis at a  basic level. Of importance is also to reflect upon and understand the concept of “pre-understanding” and its implication in public health research. The students can chose to  approach and elaborate on a study question related to the final thesis in the program.

Theoretical lectures are mixed with practical workshops and seminars (individual and in groups) where students train the practical skills that are relevant for qualitative research and get advise on the pilot study and components in the study plan that is produced throughout the course.

Lectures are given in English, but students who take the course as a freestanding course can chose to carry out practical assignments (for example formulate interview guide and written assignments) in Swedish.

Prerequisites and selection


A Bachelor's degree or professional degree qualification corresponding to at least 180 credits or equivalent, within the main areas of health science or social science. Applicants must prove their knowledge of English: English 6/English B from Swedish Upper Secondary School or the equivalent level of an internationally recognized test, for example TOEFL, IELTS.


Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.