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Advanced Course in Qualitative Research in Public and Global Health – From Conceptualization to Write-up
Provider: Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Activity no.: 3672-20-00-00There are 2 available seats 
Enrollment deadline: 21/09/2020
Date and time19.10.2020, at: 09:00 - 29.10.2020, at: 16:00
Regular seats18
Course fee8,280.00 kr.
LecturersBritt Pinkowski Tersbøl
ECTS credits6.30
Contact personAnnegrethe Hansen    E-mail address: ahan@sund.ku.dk
Enrolment Handling/Course OrganiserPhD administration     E-mail address: fak-phdkursus@sund.ku.dk

Aim and content
This course is free of charge for PhD students at Danish universities (except Copenhagen Business School), and for PhD students at graduate schools in the other Nordic countries. All other participants must pay the course fee.

Anyone can apply for the course, but if you are not a PhD student at a Danish university, you will be placed on the waiting list until enrollment deadline. This also applies to PhD students from Nordic countries. After the enrollment deadline, available seats will be allocated to applicants on the waiting list.

NB. this course has been postponed from June to October due to COVID-19.

Advanced Course in Qualitative Research in Public and Global Health – From Conceptualization to Write-up

Learning objectives
A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:

1. understand interpretive epistemology in qualitative research, identify empirical versus analytical objectives, and describe the central characteristics and processes of a qualitative research project

2. conceptualize and plan qualitative research, including the tools used to produce data
3. apply central quality criteria in qualitative research, including the importance of pre-understanding, reflexivity, transparency, the role of context, access to the field and data, and to discuss these concepts in relation to specific research projects

4. critically reflect on the process of producing qualitative data
5. evaluate ethically sound research conduct and academic integrity in qualitative research
6. apply a range of selected analytical approaches to qualitative data, and discuss the interaction between data and social theory
7. construct different theoretical positions and perspectives relevant for qualitative research and develop the theoretical potential of her/his own studies

This PhD course aims to provide PhD students with a solid background for managing the different stages and the progression of qualitative studies from idea (research questions) to analysis and write-up. Participants are supported in how to strengthen the methodological, theoretical and analytical approach of their research through lectures, student presentations, and discussions with lecturers and other course participants, group sessions and through home assignments. Lectures, student preparations and exercises will focus on conceptualization and methodological, theoretical and analytical perspectives central to qualitative research with specific focus on international and global health challenges. Particularly important are the workshop sessions in which we focus on the individual projects of the participants.

The course is targeted students who are currently engaged with any stage of qualitative research within public or global health research, either a qualitative component of a PhD project or a PhD project that is entirely qualitative. Students should preferable have prior experience with the basic principles of qualitative research.

Relevance to graduate programmes
The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH:

Medicine, Culture and Society
Veterinary and Animal Sciences
Public Health and Epidemiology


Preparation for class, lectures, individual and group presentations by students, exercises, discussions

Course director
Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl, Associate Professor, Global Health, Department of Public Health.

Main Teachers
Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
Morten Skovdal, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
Karen Marie Moland, Professor, Centre for International Health, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen
Astrid Blystad, Professor, Centre for International Health, Institute for Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen

19th – 29th October 2020, all days from 9:00-16:00.

Course location
CSS Campus Copenhagen, Denmark

Please register before 21th September 2020

Seats to PhD students from other Danish universities will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis and according to the applicable rules.
Applications from other participants will be considered after the last day of enrolment.

Note: All applicants are asked to submit invoice details in case of no-show, late cancellation or obligation to pay the course fee (typically non-PhD students). If you are a PhD student, your participation in the course must be in agreement with your principal supervisor.

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