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Qualitative Methods in Public Health Practice (No CE)

Started Aug 31, 2021


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PLEASE NOTE: No CE or certificate are available in this free course.

Whether gaining insight during community health assessments or learning more in-depth about findings from research or evaluation surveys, qualitative methods are an important tool in public health practice. This course provides an overview of qualitative research methods, including common study designs, processes for data management, and considerations for interpreting findings.


Public health professionals with research duties in all settings, including governmental public health, non-profits, health systems, etc. as well as across disciplines.

Learning Objectives

  • Define qualitative research methods and study designs
  • Recognize qualitative research sampling strategies, including their pros and cons
  • Identify strategies to increase quality and reduce bias in qualitative data collection
  • Identify qualitative data analysis tools, methods, and theoretical approaches
  • Describe how qualitative data is interpreted through reports and summaries


Melissa Valerio-Shewmaker, Ph.D., M.P.H, Associate Professor of Health Promotion and Behavioral Science, UT School of Public Health


The Region V Public Health Training Center is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number UB6HP31684 Public Health Training Centers ($924,899). This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.

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