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Qualitative methods in public health science

Course
Master’s level
7,5 credits (ECTS)
Study pace
50%
Time
Day
Location
Göteborg
Study form
Campus
Language
English
Duration
-
Application open
-
Application code
GU-10558
Tuition
Full education cost: 18 000 SEK
First payment: 18 000 SEK

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

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About

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

Requirements

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

Selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 225 credits.

For admission to the summer 2021 and onward the following selection applies: selection is based upon the number of credits from previous university studies, maximum 165 credits.