Amsterdam, Netherlands

Qualitative Health (Education) Research

online course
when 5 July 2021 - 17 July 2021
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 650

When you think of healthcare research, randomized controlled trials, numbers, calculations, and p-values might spring to mind. But did you know there is a different way to do research? In qualitative health (education) research, the experiences, opinions, behaviours, and feelings of patients, healthcare professionals, medical educators, and students are the main topics of interest. Qualitative research focuses on why humans behave in certain ways and on how behavioural mechanisms work. As a qualitative researcher, your own experience and intuition play an important part in your work, which is reflected in the process of gathering and analysing data. However, when you embark on your qualitative research journey, you could be dazzled and overwhelmed by the many options available to you. In this summer school course, you will find out more about qualitative research and become acquainted with a few specific approaches.

Course leader

Dr Anne de la Croix, LEARN! Academy, Vrije Universiteit & Reserach in Education at VUmc School of Medical Sciences

Target group

This course is aimed at students who are doing or are planning to do qualitative research as part of their Master’s or PhD programme. We focus on research in the fields of healthcare and medicql education. If you have doubts about your eligibility for the course, please let us know. Our courses are multi-disciplinary and therefore are open to students and professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds.

Course aim

At the end of this course, you will be able to:
Explain the nature of qualitative research and recognize qualitative research designs;
Formulate a research question and adapt it during a research project and prepare, conduct and transcribe/take notes for:
a) an interview study
b) an observation study
c) or a visual (rich pictures) study;
Apply techniques to enhance the reliability of data gathering and analysis and name and apply different methods for coding data (using software for qualitative data analysis)
Explain the relationship between data, analysis, and theory in order to write a qualitative research paper.
Last but not least, participants will have the opportunity to build a network of peers for support and cooperation beyond the course.

Credits info

3 EC
Contact Hours: 45
If you want to earn more credits you can take courses in session 2 to create a 4 week programme.

Fee info

EUR 650: The tuition fee of a two-week course depends on your situation and ranges from €650-950. This tuition fee includes:
- Two week course;
- Exclusive content for a limited number of students;
- Transcript of records with a maximum of 3 ECTS (European study credits);
- Certificate of attendance after completing the course;
- Individual/group guidance from professor;
- Interactive classes;
- Full support from the summer school team;


VU Amsterdam Summer School offers three kinds of scholarships: the Academic Scholarship, the Photographer Scholarship and the Vlogger/Videographer Scholarship. More information about these scholarships can be found on the VU Amsterdam Summer School websi

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