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Participants will learn about the different ways that conversation analysis may contribute to the pre-intervention and intervention phases of a study and beyond. For example, to inform training for a talk-based intervention, to enhance trial conduct or to assess intervention implementation. By the end of the course participants will have gained knowledge in how to design conversation analytic research that can help solve practical research problems and prevent research waste.

This expert-led course is open to anyone who would like to understand how conversation analytic research may be used within health intervention studies. Participants do not need to have any previous experience, skills or knowledge, although involvement in, or future ambitions towards using conversation analytic methods in health intervention studies would make the course more relevant.

Course delivery

Please note that some of the teaching sessions for this online course will involve you participating in live, interactive Zoom sessions, which will fall between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00 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. Quite a bit of our teaching involves group work and the use of Zoom breakout rooms, because we believe this is the best and most effective way to teach qualitative research methods – (plus this ensures that you get plenty of opportunity to ask our qualitative experts questions!)


  1. What is conversation analytic research and why might it be useful for health intervention studies?
  2. How to design conversation analytic research within a randomised trial or implementation study.
  3. Case studies practicum and feedback.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Distinguish between conversation analytic research and other qualitative research approaches;
  2. Recognise when conversation analytic research might be used in the pre-intervention and intervention phases of a health intervention study and beyond;
  3. Design and write a protocol for conversation analytic research within a randomized trial or implementation study.

We provide:

  • Experienced, approachable tutors who are actively engaged in conversation analytic research with health intervention studies;
  • Access to slides, relevant resources and real case examples for you to work with;
  • Information on further relevant reading, training opportunities and events.