The capability to use mixed methods appropriately has become vital for health-related research whether undertaken as part of postgraduate study or within the healthcare setting.
This five day intensive course aims to introduce participants to mixed (qualitative and quantitative) research methodologies. It aims to provide participants with the knowledge, understanding and research skills necessary to put mixed methods into practice, both for evidence review and empirical studies.
This course is designed for those who have some experience or knowledge of both qualitative and quantitative research methods in health research. It is suitable for PhD students, research active/interested health and social care professionals as well as more experienced researchers wishing to expand their skill set. The course is as an accredited course leading to a University of Warwick Postgraduate Award (PGA Qualification), 20 CATs.
The course is structured around three overarching themes:
1) Introduction and core principles of mixed methods research
2) data analysis, transformation and integration
3) synthesis and pragmatic approaches to mixed methods research.
Within the three themes, key areas such as developing a mixed methods research question, using and developing your mixed methods design, approaches to sampling, data collection and analysis and mixed methods publishing and reviewing will be covered.
Students undertaking this module will be required to have successfully completed at least one module on quantitative research methods related to health (for example, Epidemiology and Statistics) and one module on qualitative research methods related to health (for example, Qualitative Research Methods in Health) or be able to demonstrate equivalent experience (for example, published a research paper using one of the research approaches).
30 hours, 5 consecutive days (short course - unaccredited: 26 hours, 4 consecutive days)
3-4,000 word assignment to be submitted 8 weeks following the taught sessions