Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

POPLHLTH 762 - Advanced Qualitative Health Research

15 Points

Semester 2



Applies skills and knowledge in qualitative research to data management and the examination of specific methodological approaches used in qualitative health research. Students will prepare a portfolio examining the use of a specific methodological approach in qualitative health research, and demonstrate a grasp of appropriate skills related to data management in qualitative research.


Corequisite: POPLHLTH 704 or approved equivalent

Course aims

Goals of the course

To develop the knowledge and ability to critically evaluate qualitative health research, and to enable students to creatively design, efficiently conduct, and effectively disseminate their own qualitative research.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn how to:

  • Reflect on ethical and philosophical issues relating to using qualitative methodologies in research
  • Identify appropriate research questions and general approaches for a given topic
  • Identify and practice strategies for data collection and interpretation and analysis
  • Reflect on oral and written presentation of qualitative research
  • Critically evaluate presentation of qualitative research

Course outline

  • Rigour, ethics, positionality and qualitative research
  • Questions and methodologies – theoretical perspectives, developing questions
  • Designing and planning data collection, interpretation and representation
  • Collecting and managing data
  • Interpreting qualitative data
  • Representing research, rigour and ethics revisited

Learning and teaching

The course will consist of a series of short workshops, and one day long workshop from 9am– 3.30pm. Attendance at all workshops is required, except with medical certificate. The dates for the workshop will be made available at the start of the semester.

Campus teaching dates 

This course is held at Tāmaki Campus. Since this course is done in conjunction with POPLHLTH 704, you will be attending all the 704 lectures and some additional lectures. Please see your timetable on SSO or Building 730 Reception noticeboard on the day for the room details.

Learning resources 

A series of introductory readings will be provided along with additional material, all accessible by internet on CANVAS. Students will be encouraged to make use of the internet and the library resources and to seek assistance when required from the campus librarians (an important component of this course is learning to search databases and literature appropriately).


100% internal assessment (no final examination). Contract grading will be used in this course.

Programme and course advice 

Prerequisite: None

This is an advanced qualitative research methods course and students should ideally be taking POPLHLTH 704 concurrently OR have taken an approved qualitative research methods course within the previous 2-3 years. It may be taken towards a PhD, Master of Health Sciences, BHSc (Hons) or any other Health Sciences or Public Health programmes, especially when students are planning to continue to masters with a topic using qualitative research.

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