This course is focused on methods for addressing social and behavioral science research questions in global health. It ultimately seeks to answer the following questions: What methods can health professionals use to attain competence in socio-political-cultural environments where they work? Which methods are most appropriate for which research questions? How are social and behavioral research methods implemented? The course places a particularly strong emphasis on developing skills for conducting qualitative interviews, which are a frequently used technique for answering social and behavioral research questions.
At the conclusion of the course, students will be able to:
- Identify social-behavioral science research methods such as qualitative interviewing, focus groups, and surveys
- Determine which methodology is most appropriate given a particular research question
- Utilize strategies for effectively collecting data via qualitative interviews
- Describe the ethical considerations for field work and participant consent
- Understand qualitative interviewing techniques
- Understand how to code and analyze qualitative data
- Identify standard software for qualitative analysis
- What distinguishes qualitative and quantitative social and behavioral science research methods?
- When do you use qualitative methods, when do you use quantitative methods?
- Asking questions of participants
- Qualitative interviewing
- Focus groups
- Data analysis
- Ethics and contexts of intervention
- Final student presentations
Wayne Steward, PhD
Shannon Fuller, MS
Lectures and skill-building seminars