Dates: 20 to 22 August 2024 (Tuesday to Thursday)
Venue: UCT Faculty of Health Sciences
Time: 09h00 to 16h00

Course fee is R 4 000 per person (UCT staff/students are eligible for a discounted rate)

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The nature and role of qualitative research in health sciences has been, and continues to be, the subject of debate.

How are qualitative data and analysis different from quantitative data and analysis?
How do these different research traditions relate to each other?
How can we evaluate the reliability and validity of qualitative research?
Can health researchers grounded in quantitative techniques and positivist epistemologies do qualitative research, and can they do
it well?
What value does qualitative research add to large-scale epidemiological studies or randomized controlled trials?

This short course aims to provide insight into these questions through a practical introduction to qualitative research
through a series of presentations and practical tutorials. 

This course is intended for researchers (from all disciplines):

Working with: Qualitative data (interviews, focus group discussions, participant observations, field notes, documents,
visual and audio data)
Who: Have some research experience (i.e. researchers or post-graduate students with some exposure to research methods)
Have no or little experience with qualitative research methods
Have a background in health sciences
Who want to: Use qualitative research methods in a current or future research project. Know how to design a protocol for a qualitative study

At the end of the course participants will have learnt:

  • Theory: Understand how qualitative and quantitative research studies differ and when it is appropriate/necessary to use qualitative methods in health research.
  • Methods Understand the purpose and key approaches to sampling and recruitment in qualitative research.
  • Protocol development Understand the core elements to be addressed in qualitative protocol development.

Certificate of Attendance will be issued to participants of the course.

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Only participants registered for the workshop will be eligible to attend. Course fees are subject to change.