HLTH09009 2019 Qualitative & Mixed Methods for Health Research

General Details

Full Title
Qualitative & Mixed Methods for Health Research
Transcript Title
Qualitative & Mixed Methods fo
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Subject Area
HLTH - Health Studies
HEAL - Health & Nutritional Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
05 - 05 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Margaret McLoone, Padraig McGourty, Maire McCallion
Programme Membership
SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHPRP_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_E09 201900 Certificate in Health Project Management SG_SHPPM_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHEAL_O09 201900 Postgraduate Diploma in Science in Health Promotion and Project Management SG_SHPRO_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion Practice SG_SHEAL_M09 201900 Master of Science in Health Promotion Practice SG_SHLPM_E09 202100 Level 9 Certificate in Health Project Management SG_SHPPM_M09 202100 Master of Science in Health Promotion and Project Management

This module will explore the concepts involved in establishing and collecting qualitative and mixed methods research data in a variety of health, educational and community settings.Students will reflect on the quality of published qualitative research and learn about the importance of rigour in qualitative research. Students will  develop research questions suited to qualitative and mixed methods and be involved in collecting qualitative data and the initial stages of analysis.  

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Design a research proposal that is appropriate to qualitative or mixed methods approaches and demonstrates an understanding of the basic principles of qualitative/mixed methods research methodologies.


Collect and conduct an initial analysis of qualitative data  which is appropriate to a qualitative research question.


Critically consider the different ways to combine qualitative and quantitative research in a mixed method study.  

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The educational elements will be provided by the Institute of Technology Sligo 

Additional lecturing, as required, may be provided by outside specialists and practitioners 

Online delivery is proposed with student exposed to a blend of learning activities including  synchronous and asynchronous delivery of lectures, online tutorials and reflective tasks. Chunking will be used providing short videos of smaller amounts of content which will be available on the moodle site. Additional materials will be provided on moodle

Module Assessment Strategies

This module is 100% CA.  There is no terminal examination. 

A number of continuous assessment tasks will be provided throughout the semester. These will incorporate theory and practical elements which are both group and individual based. Students will be reviewing existing qualitative research, demonstrating skills in data collection and early analysis as well as developing a framework for a new research project based on mixed methods.  

Repeat Assessments

The repeat assessment strategy will  be dependent on overall grades and will be decided and documented at the Progression and Award Boards. 

The programme allows students to progress to a next stage if they have failed to attain the pass mark for a particular module. A student may be allowed to carry up to 10 credits into a new stage.  This policy is at the discretion of the examination board. 

Indicative Syllabus

Relevant paradigms to Qualitative research.  

Different approaches to Qualitative research  

Rigour in Qualitative Research  

Methods in Qualitative Data collection e.g. Interviews /  Focus groups  

Creative methodologies  

Qualitative Data Analysis including  Thematic Analysis 

Mixed Methods  Research

Ethical issues in qualitative and mixed methods research 

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Research Proposal Continuous Assessment Individual Project 50 % Week 5 1,3
2 Interview/Focus Group Practical Group Project 50 % Week 11 2

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 2 Weekly 2.00
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2012-06-15 Qualitative Health Research Left Coast Press
ISBN 9781611320114 ISBN-13 1611320119
Recommended Reading
2014-07-01 Research Methods in Health McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335262755 ISBN-13 0335262759

This bestselling book provides an accessible introduction to the concepts and practicalities of research methods in health and health services.

Required Reading
2013 Qualitative Research Design: An Interactive Approach SAGE
ISBN 9781412981194 ISBN-13 1412981190
Required Reading
2013-04-05 Successful Qualitative Research SAGE Publications Limited
ISBN 1847875823 ISBN-13 9781847875822
Recommended Reading
2015-12-21 Doing Qualitative Research Online Sage Publications Limited
ISBN 1446295419 ISBN-13 9781446295410

With a particularly strong coverage of ethics, and a huge range of features to guide students - both in the book and on the accompanying website - this book gives readers the tools they need to get the most out of the research they do online.

Required Reading
2017 Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research Sage Publications, Incorporated
ISBN 1483344371 ISBN-13 9781483344379

Combining the latest thinking in the field with practical, step-by-step guidance, the Third Edition of John W. Creswell and Vicki L. Plano Clark's Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research now covers seven mixed methods designs with accompanying journal articles illustrating each design. The authors walk readers through the entire research process, and present updated examples from published mixed methods studies drawn from multiple disciplines. In addition, this new edition includes information about the dynamic and evolving nature of the field of mixed methods research, four additional methodological approaches, and coverage of new directions in mixed methods.

Recommended Reading
2012-05-01 A Survival Guide For Health Research Methods McGraw-Hill Education (UK)
ISBN 9780335244737 ISBN-13 0335244734

This book ultimately aims to answer the questions students have about research in a no nonsense style and can be used as a guide to the main methodologies and tools used in the field.

Recommended Reading
2013-04-04 Understanding and Using Health Experiences Oxford University Press
ISBN 9780199665372 ISBN-13 0199665370

Improving patient experience is a global priority for health policy-makers and care providers. This book critically examines the various ways in which people's experience of health and healthcare can be recorded, analyzed and therefore improved.

Module Resources

Journal Resources

International Journal of Health and Well Being. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals/1222/

Qualitative Health Research. https://journals.sagepub.com/home/qhr


URL Resources

Braun and Clarke (nd) THematic Analysis. University of Auckland. https://www.psych.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/our-research/research-groups/thematic-analysis/frequently-asked-questions-8.html

Equator Network(n.d.) Standards for reporting Qualitative Research. http://www.equator-network.org/?post_type=eq_guidelines&eq_guidelines_study_design=qualitative-research&eq_guidelines_clinical_specialty=0&eq_guidelines_report_section=0&s=