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June 11-15, Canada
About the course:
Qualitative methods can assess the social and behavioural contexts, and the complex determinants, impacts and outcomes of illness, healthcare seeking and disease control efforts, including public health programs, policies, and technologies. There is growing interest to integrate qualitative methods into traditional operational and biomedical research to improve our understanding of healthcare seeking behaviour and challenges to health service delivery to better understand how and why some interventions and technologies are successfully (or less successfully) implemented. This course will build participants’ capacity and research literacy to use qualitative methods to inform, innovate, contextualize, evaluate, and strengthen the delivery and utilization of healthcare technologies and services for tuberculosis (TB), HIV/AIDS, and malaria in lower- and middle-income settings. The course will be interactive, and utilize case studies and practical exercises to cover the following topics in qualitative research:

  • Study designs and methodologies

  • Theoretical frameworks

  • Focus groups and interviews: designs, skills and implementation

  • Approaches and methods for analysis

  • Multiple methods: integrating and sequencing qualitative and quantitative methods

  • Sampling and participant recruitment

  • Data management and storage

  • Ethics and evaluation criteria

  • Dissemination

Each day will begin with expert lectures on qualitative study design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination; followed by short presentations and/or panel discussions; and end with small group sessions to develop protocols that are implementable over the subsequent year, under the mentorship of course faculty. The course will culminate in a panel discussion and presentation of protocols.