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Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research

Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research | June 12-16, 2023


Online only. Course content will be streamed live approximately 8:00-11:30am (Montreal time) each day June 12-16, 2023 (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.


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.


Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH
Associate 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

Watch the video to hear Drs. Daftary and Engel discuss the course!


  • 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


  • 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.


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.


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


  • 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 monitoring and evaluation 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


Maximum 125 participants.

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