Carolyn M. Porta, PhD, MPH, RN, SANE-A, FAAN
Professor & Director of Global Health, School of Nursing
University of Minnesota
Students are required to have prior qualitative methods content, evidenced by having taken a qualitative methods course, or working as a research assistant on a qualitative research study. Evidence of this background is required to receive a permission number to register for the course. Email evidence to Dr. Carolyn Porta at email@example.com to receive permission.
You’ve conducted a bunch of key informant interviews, or a series of focus groups. Now what? How do you reflect the participants’ individual opinions and perspectives in your analysis while at the same time draw some collective conclusions? Is it possible to analyze qualitative data objectively? Do you need to use qualitative software? What is the best way to present qualitative data to different audiences? How can you collaboratively analyze qualitative data with community partners?
This course will provide discourse and some answers to the questions above, for currently employed professionals and students completing an advanced degree. The course is intended for students who plan to collect and analyze qualitative data, including those employed in public health, private, and non-profit agencies. Whether the data are collected to describe a problem, evaluate a program, or inform an intervention, the principles and challenges of analysis remain the same. This course will provide opportunity for analyzing and working with qualitative data from a variety of data collection methods and using multiple analysis approaches. Discussion of analyzing photograph and video data will provide students with insights on how best to analyze these types of data (time will not be spent analyzing these in class). Students are encouraged to bring any existing data they have as there may be opportunities in class to discuss and work with the data.
This non-credit course meets with the academic course PubH 7257-101 as part of the 2019 Public Health Institute.
For more information: sph.umn.edu/public-health-institute
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to
- Identify and define three approaches to analyzing qualitative data (Note: Students will have opportunity in class to practice working with and analyzing qualitative data that are provided by the instructor, or data brought in by the student, appropriately de-identified).
- Discuss ethical and logistical considerations when analyzing qualitative data.
- Describe strategies for conducting qualitative data analysis in community-based participatory research.
- Demonstrate ability to formulate a data analysis plan consistent with the study purpose and qualitative research method (Students do not need data in hand to craft the analysis plan, which will be accomplished as part of one of the assignments, described below).
The core competencies for public health professionals are a consensus set of skills identified by the Council on Linkages (CoL) between academia and public health practice as being desirable for the delivery of the essential public health services. The CoL competencies identified for this course are:
Domain 1: Analytic/Assessment Skills
- 1.B.3 Applies ethical principles in accessing, collecting, analyzing, using, maintaining, and disseminating data and information
- 1.B.8 Collects valid and reliable quantitative and qualitative data
- 1.B.10 Interprets quantitative and qualitative data
Domain 6: Public Health Science Skills
- 6.B.3 Applies public health sciences (e.g., biostatistics, epidemiology, environmental health sciences, health services administration, social and behavioral sciences, and public health informatics) in the delivery of the 10 Essential Public Health Services
Registration & Cancellation
The registration fee for this course is $595. You will receive an email letter outlining program logistics two weeks prior to the start of the course.
Requests for refunds will be honored in full if a written cancellation request is received prior to the course start date. An administration fee of $50 will be charged to all refund requests received after the first day of class. The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach (CPHEO) reserves the right to cancel any course. In the event of a course cancellation, registrants will receive a full refund of the program registration fee. CPHEO is not responsible for refund of travel or other costs incurred by registrants.
The Centers for Public Health Education and Outreach will provide a certificate of attendance verifying 1.5 CEUs (15 contact hours) offered for this program. This course is eligible for 15 CPH recertification credits.
All courses are approved for CPH Recertification Credits by the National Board of Public Health Examiners.
Contact & Questions
Meghan Taylor: 612-626-8434 | firstname.lastname@example.org