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Quantitative and qualitative research methods

Description

This course aims at applying and deepening the basic epidemiological methods and amending them with the competent use of qualitative methods. It includes assessment/measurement of population health status, the basics of health demography, evaluation of the most used instruments for health assessment, knowledge necessary for the right application of those instruments, and classification and evaluation of databases. The main objective of the course is to comprehend the basic concept of measuring health, basic characteristics, advantages and disadvantages of certain instruments, and to train the participants to adequately assess the health status of the population – in accordance with multiple indicators.

The development of effective public health programs and policies is based on scientific reasoning and systematic use of the best available evidence. This process includes implementation of several closely connected disciplines: epidemiology, statistics, and informatics. The use of analytic methods and data will be laid out as follows: defining public health problems, quantifying them, generating evidence from scientific literature, developing programs or policies, and defining the action plan for the chosen program/policy including data collection and analysis.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate skills in the general principles of research design, data collection and management
  2. Critically evaluate the significance and application of quantitative and qualitative methods in public health research
  3. Comprehend the strengths and weaknesses of quantitative and qualitative research methods
  4. Design and discuss a small research project using a quantitative and qualitative approach

Course Outline

  1. The interlinkage of quantitative and qualitative methods in public health
  2. Repetition and advancement of key quantitative methods (especially health indicators and demographic analysis)
  3. The application and interpretation of quantitative and qualitative methods
  4. Preparing, executing, and reporting of quantitative and qualitative research
  5. Advanced interview techniques
  6. Cultural validation and adaptation of questionnaires
  7. Field diaries, checklists, and reports from the field
  8. Selection of respondents in qualitative studies
  9. Consensus methods (Nominal Group Techniques, Focus groups, Delphi method)
  10. Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats (SWOT) analysis in qualitative research
  11. Analysis of qualitative data
  12. Scales and their psychometric and ecometric analysis
  13. Systematic and non-systematic review of literature
  14. Introduction to meta-analysis and statistical software for meta-analysis: Review Manager software
  15. Scholarly presentations of seminar/field work

Training Delivery Methods

  1. In-class method
  2. Online method
  • Duration: 30 Learning Hours

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Certificate

Participant who complete the stand alone course will be awarded a Certificate of Course Completion.