Qualitative Research Methods

This slide-based, expert-led course presents the basis of qualitative research methodology in relation to quantitative and mixed methods approaches. The design of a qualitative research study is discussed, including effective determination of the appropriate sample size. Best practices in the management and analysis of the collected qualitative data are addressed, and applied to qualitative research manuscripts in healthcare as an example. In addition, important ethical considerations in qualitative research are examined.

Course Section Learning Objectives


  • Illustrate qualitative research traditions, origins, and aims
  • Compare and contrast quantitative and qualitative research methodologies  in relation to research approach and methodological stance
  • Distinguish between quantitative, qualitative research, and mixed methods approaches via consideration of the methodological stance

Design and Methodologies

  • Describe different methods of collecting qualitative data and the intended purpose of each method
  • Develop an effective interview guide that addresses a research question
  • Compare and contrast different sampling approaches
  • Describe the iterative nature of qualitative research

Design and Methodologies - Focus on Sampling

  • Demonstrate qualitative research sampling approaches
  • Apply theoretical saturation to the determination of study sample size

Design and Methodologies - A Sample Study

  • Apply qualitative research design, methodology, and sampling knowledge to review an example qualitative, healthcare research manuscript

Qualitative Data Analysis

  • Describe various types of qualitative data
  • Explain the fundamental analytic techniques in qualitative analysis
  • Employ rigor in qualitative analysis

Qualitative Research Data

  • Classify sections of a published qualitative research study using the consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative studies (COREQ)
  • Classify sections of a published qualitative research study using the standards for reporting qualitative research (SRQR)

Ethics and Ethical Approval

  • Examine common ethical considerations in qualitative research
  • Describe the process for obtaining ethical approval in qualitative methods

Build Qualitative Research Expertise

  • Create a personal plan for the continuation of education and application of skills in qualitative research design and implementation

Continuing Education Credit

6 Credits/Points are available for participation in this course. Certificate and credit types available include:

  • AMA PRA Category 1 Credits
  • ABIM MOC Points
  • CNE Contact Hours
  • CPE Credits
  • Certificate of Participation may be used to confer credit; however, all final decisions regarding the awarding of credits will be made by the licensing organization to which the credits are submitted. 
  • Certificate of Completion may be used to document participation, but no credit will be conferred.

Important Notes

  • This course expires on May 17, 2020. Participants must complete all necessary course components by this date to receive credit.