Qualitative Health Research


Qualitative Health Research

The aim of this course is to understand the central elements of qualitative research in health and healthcare, both theoretically and practically. Course members will be introduced to qualitative research goals and questions, learn about different types of qualitative data gathering (interviews, observations, focus groups), about data analysis and writing strategies. Course assignments will always be linked to the participants own current research. At the end of the course, participants will be able to write the methods section of their article and, in the discussion section, to reflect on the strengths and weaknesses of their own qualitative research project.


The course consists of five full-day sessions in consecutive weeks. Each session consists of the introduction to theoretical aspects, followed by a practical, interactive workshop on the topic. Between sessions, participants need to spend some time reading the literature and on making the course assignments. Participants practice with their own research material, as well as with other research data.

Scheduled dates

Edition 1: October 26, November 9, November 16, November 30 and December 7, 2022

Edition 2: March 29, April 5, April 12, April 19 and April 26, 2023

Edition 3: May 24, May 31, June 7, June 14, June 21 and June 28, 2023

Target audience

PhD candidates involved in a qualitative research project, as the participants’ own material is used as essential input for the course. The project does not need to be finalized at the time of the course, although the methods section for the course assignment can be written only partly if empirical data still need to be collected and analyzed. No prior knowledge of or experience in qualitative health research is needed.

Study Load

54 hours, which is comparable to 1.9 ECTS points.


The instructors are members of the AMC Qualitative Research Network. The following topics are covered:

- Research design: how to set up qualitative research consistent with the research question

- Data- gathering: Interviewing, Observation, Focus groups: collecting qualitative data relevant to the research question; skills training

- Analysis of qualitative data: how to interpret data in a meaningful way, with an eye on the research question; skills training

- Writing: how to learn to write about qualitative data in a recognizable and valid way

- Quality of qualitative data: how to produce reliable and valid research results in a paper suitable for publication

Number of participants

Maximum 15 per course.


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Course Coordinator

Dr. S. Jerak-Zuiderent

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