Learning with the book: an introduction to qualitative research methods for health research
This online course is based on the book ‘Qualitative Research in Health Care’ (4th edition 2020) edited by Catherine Pope and Nicholas Mays. The course, led by Professor Catherine Pope, blends self-paced learning with expert lectures and input from experienced qualitative researchers to provide a flexible and accessible introduction to qualitative research. The course is aimed at health professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students as well as those who support health research as managers, members of ethics and funding committees or in research support roles.
Learners on LEARNING WITH THE BOOK are:
- New to health research or new to qualitative research
- Master, pre-doctoral, DPhil or PhD candidates considering using qualitative research methods
- Clinical academics, (including Academic Clinical Fellows, Foundation doctors, research nurses and other health professionals)
- Members of ethics committees and research funding panels wishing to extend their knowledge of research methods
- Lifelong learners looking for a short introduction to qualitative health research
There are no prerequisites for this course. People who do this course may go on to take other short courses offered by the OQC programme such as Introduction to Qualitative Interviews, or Analysing Qualitative Interviews, which prepare people to undertake interviews and analysis and involve practical work and individual feedback.
Please note that the ‘live’ teaching sessions for this online course will involve you participating in live, interactive Zoom sessions, which will fall between the hours of 18:30 and 20:00 (UK time). We are very happy to welcome bookings wherever you are internationally, but please make sure that you are able to attend video calls between these hours. These sessions will be a mixture of teaching/lectures and discussion with plenty of opportunities to ask our qualitative experts questions!
Learning with the book runs over 8 weeks and offers 1 and a half hours of online classes per week, with 2 hours per week of supported study.
Week 1: Getting started
Week 2: Building blocks (chapters 1-3)
Week 3: Talking methods (chapters 4-5)
Week 4: Data from watching and reading (chapters 6-8)
Week 5: Analysis (chapter 9)
Week 6: Consolidate/extend your learning (chapters 10-11)
Week 7: Designs using qualitative methods (chapters 12-14)
Week 8: Quality in qualitative research (chapters 15) & wrap up
By the end of the course, participants will:
- Have an understanding of core methods used in qualitative health research and an appreciation of methods for qualitative analysis
- Be able to describe common research designs that employ qualitative methods
- Be familiar with terminology used in qualitative research
- Have read the Pope & Mays text book
- Personal copy of Pope & Mays Qualitative Research in Health Care (4th edition 2020) as paperback or eBook
- A set of worksheets and learning activities that combine to form a learning log and companion workbook
- Additional learning resources, quizzes and self-evaluation materials
- Certificate of course completion
Dates: 10th Jan-28th Feb 2024
Course fee: £480.00
(Wednesday Evenings 6:30pm - 8pm UK Time)
Total places: 34
Venue: Online Course
If you have any questions and queries please email us
Oxford Qualitative Courses
This highly-regarded programme is delivered in online and face to face formats to suit a range of learners. We use a mixture of lectures and small group work, delivered by our team of qualitative researchers from the University of Oxford’s Medical Sociology and Health Experiences Research Group. Our group has run these successful courses for almost twenty years alongside active involvement in qualitative research on a variety of different topics, ranging from studies of personal experiences of health conditions and of healthcare practice, to evaluations of organisational change. Our group also includes qualitative methodologists at the forefront of developing qualitative methods including conversation analysis and evidence synthesis.
Findings from our group’s research on patient experiences, together with supported video, audio and text extracts, have been compiled to form the multi-award winning heathtalk.org website and its sister site socialcaretalk.org. Our portfolio of research and expertise informs current local, national and international healthcare policy and research.
The syllabuses of our qualitative courses draw on a wide range of expertise from within our research group, including the disciplinary areas of medical sociology, anthropology, and public policy.