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Title Mixed methods: integration of qualitative and quantitative data within applied health research
Course number 3032
Programme Infektionsbiologi och global hälsa (BIGH)
Language English
Credits 3.0
Date 2021-03-29 -- 2021-04-30
Responsible KI department Institutionen för global folkhälsa
Specific entry requirements Students must be familiar with the basics of qualitative and quantitative research before joining the course.
Purpose of the course Health research problems are complex phenomena with multiple dimensions which are difficult to assess using quantitative or qualitative methodologies alone. Mixed-methods research is a methodology that combines both qualitative and quantitative research allowing the researcher a more comprehensive understanding of the issue under study.

Mixed-methods pragmatic research designs provide strengths that offset the weakness of both quantitative and qualitative studies. This course will provide Ph.D students with the theoretical tools and practical experience to design, conduct and report mixed-methods studies in health research.

Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course the students will:

1. Design a mixed-methods research question (s).
3. Apply different mixed-methods research designs to a health problem.
4. Write a mixed-methods research protocol.
5. Report the results of a mixed-method study.
6. Use mixed-methods to design and evaluate interventions studies.
7. Evaluate the quality of scientific manuscripts using mixed-methods designs.

Contents of the course 1. Definitions of mixed-methods research.
2. Worldviews and mixed-methods research.
3. Writing a mixed-methods research protocol.
4. Choosing a mixed-methods design.
5. Integrating results in mixed-method studies.
6. Reporting and disseminating mixed-method studies.
7. Application of mixed-methods research in interventions studies.
8. Evaluating the quality of mixed-methods studies.

Teaching and learning activities The course will start by discussing the quantitative and qualitative research designs and how both research paradigms can be combined to strengthen each other. The course will combine face-to-face lectures, online practical assignments/discussions, self-study and oral presentations.
Face-to-face lectures and other activities will be conducted once a week for a period of five weeks. Once a week lectures will allow the students to reflect on the given material and to apply this new knowledge to the practical assignments. Practical assignments will be discussed with the group and feedback will be given.
Compulsory elements Participation in the online practical assignments and discussion will be mandatory.
Examination Course assignments and take home examination. Both will be graded as fail or pass. In order to pass the course, the student need to pass the assignments and the take home examination. The course assignments will guide the students through the steps needed to design a mixed-methods protocol.

Take home examination. The aim of the examination is to test the students on what they have learned over the duration of the course and how well they can apply it. The take home examination will consist on open ended questions where the students will appraise the quality of published mixed-methods studies and the structure of mixed-methods protocols among other topics. The take home exam will have to be submitted through the KI online learning platform one week after the end of the course.
Literature and other teaching material 1. Creswell W. Designing and Conducting Mixed Methods Research. Sage Publications, California, 2007

2. Leslie C. Primer on Statistical Interpretation or Methods: Mixed Methods in Biomedical and Health Services Research. Circ Cardiovasc Qual Outcomes. 2013;6:119-123.

3. Leech N. Writing publishable mixed research articles: Guidelines for emerging scholars in the health sciences and beyond. International Journal of Multiple Research Approaches. Vol. 5, Iss. 1, 2011.

4. Johnson, R. B., & Onwuegbuzie, A. J. (2004). Mixed methods research: A research paradigm whose time has come. Educational Researcher, 33(7), 14-26.

5. Burke R. Toward a Definition of Mixed Methods Research. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2007. 1: 112-113.

6. Teddlie, C. Mixed Methods Sampling : A Typology With Examples. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2007 1: 77.

7. Howe K. Mixed Methods, Triangulation and Causal Explanation. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2012. 6(2): 89¿96.

8. Fielding N. Triangulation and Mixed Methods Designs: Data Integration With New Research Technologies. Journal of Mixed Methods Research. 2012. 6(2): 124¿136.

Number of students 8 - 15
Selection of students Selection will be based on 1) the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation), 2) start date of doctoral studies (priority given to earlier start date)
More information Our course is a two-week courses spreaded over five weeks . We will have live Zoom lectures one day per week (March 29th, April. 6th, 12th and 19th) except the last week when we will dedicate two days for course project presentation and feedback (April 26-27). Note that these are preliminary dates. There is a pre-course assignment that need to be submitted before the course starts. The purpose of this assignment is for you to re-visit the basics of qualitative and quantitative reserach. The detailed schedule and the instructions for the pre-course assignment will be available one month before the course starts.
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Course responsible Mariano Salazar
Institutionen för global folkhälsa
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