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Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research

Rural river with grassy banks. People walking on the banks of the riveQualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research | June 6-10, 2022

COURSE FORMAT

Online only. Course content will be streamed live approximately 8:00am-1:00pm (Montreal time) each day June 6-10, 2022 (exact times each day to be announced). Teaching includes didactical lectures, dedicated periods for interactive exercises and short topical presentations and/or panel discussions. Streamed content will be recorded, except interactive exercises which will not be recorded.

DESCRIPTION

A course focused on the principles and rigorous application of qualitative methods in formative, operational, evaluation and policy research in infectious disease in diverse global settings.

COURSE DIRECTORS

Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor, School of Global Health, York University
Research Associate, CAPRISA, University of KwaZulu-Natal

Nora Engel, PhD
Associate Professor Global Health, Department of Health,
Ethics and Society/ CAPHRI, Faculty of Health,
Medicine and Life Sciences
Maastricht University, Netherlands

COURSE FACULTY

Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH – York University
Nora Engel, PhD – Maastricht University
Jennifer Furin, MD, PhD – Harvard University
Joanne Mantell, PhD – Columbia University
Andy McDowell, PhD – Tulane University

FEATURED GUEST SPEAKERS

Tahiya Mahbub, PhD – New York University, USA
Tsisti Masvawure, PhD – College of the Holy Cross, USA
Charity Omenka, PhD – McGill University, Canada

Guest speakers are still being confirmed and there may be changes to the above list.

CONTENT

Qualitative methods can assess the social and behavioural contexts, and the complex determinants, impacts and outcomes of illness and disease control efforts, including public health programs, policies, and technologies. There is growing interest to integrate qualitative methods into traditional operational and biomedical research to understand challenges to healthcare seeking behaviour and healthcare service delivery, and to better understand how and why some interventions and technologies are successfully (or less successfully) implemented and utilized. This course will build participants’ research literacy to use qualitative methods to inform, innovate, contextualize, evaluate, and strengthen the delivery and utilization of healthcare services and technologies for infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, HIV, COVID-19) in lower-and middle-income settings.

The course utilizes case studies and practical exercises to engage learners in the following topics in qualitative research:

1. Study designs and methodologies
2. Theoretical frameworks
3. Focus groups, observation and interviews: designs, skills and implementation
4. Approaches and methods for analysis
5. Multiple methods: integrating and sequencing qualitative and quantitative methods
6. Sampling and participant recruitment
7. Data management and storage
8. Ethics and evaluation criteria
9. Dissemination

The course includes didactic expert lectures on qualitative study design, implementation, analysis, and dissemination, interactive group exercises to apply and practice the lessons learned, as well as short topical presentations and/or panel discussions.

OBJECTIVE

To be introduced to the principles and methods of qualitative research.

TARGET AUDIENCE

  • Persons with a strong interest in qualitative and mixed methods, and little/no prior experience
  • Persons involved in infectious disease control programs, including program managers, innovators, and M&E officers
  • Junior faculty, doctoral and postdoctoral fellows engaged in global health research
  • Clinical researchers and residents working internationally
  • Research staff, including study coordinators, with an interest in international work
  • Representatives of funding and/or advocacy bodies, grant reviewers

ENROLMENT

Unlimited.

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