Qualitative Research Methods
1. Learn the rationale and target of using qualitative data, data collection--interviews, group discussions, observations, document analysis, ethnographic socio- cultural data collection methods. 2. Be able to transcribe, translate, and analyze data using appropriate software which includes abstraction of categories/themes from data and instruments and analysis it promotes the idea that the data tells the real story.
Major topics covered
This qualitative research methods course is designed to equip PhD students with skills in the collection, analysis of qualitative data in relation to any development oriented research area. Critical Discourse Analysis looks to the three levels of discourse--text, discursive and social practice. This is trans-disciplinary approach to explaining social changes. Power relationship as depicted in social practice is the main focus of the study. The approach is used to explain policy, programs in any development oriented program such as health development policy and program. It is a tool for locating the areas of tension and intervention for reform ( fix) and change/transformations,eg. use of health facility board governance led by community representative is a structural transformation, and boosting facility income source through introducing cost sharing is a fix. Health communication--it introduces to the existing practices in health communication--existing conceptual models in health communication and critiques then in the light of contextualize factors such as level of development, literacy/eduction, cultural practices and looks for a socio cultural/political sensitive approach to health communication from promoting behavioral changes in disease prevention and treatment of chronic illnesses. It promotes the development of knowledge and good practice in health in communities with ultimate aim of demonstrating community ownership of public health
Classroom lectures, small group discussions, case studies, problem sets, group projects, independent reading, simulations, research projects