HMM4104 – Research Design and Qualitative Methods
Schedule, syllabus and examination date
The course will prepare the students in writing their thesis. Shortly the course will address basic concepts and methods in science, with particular emphasis on the study of health economics, policy and health systems. A substantial part of the course will be assigned at how to write a thesis.
• What is science and the identification and formulation of research questions
• Quantitative research design and methods, included
- Basic concepts and approach
- Use of register data
- Epidemiological research
- Survey methods
- Fallacies, validity and reliability
• Qualitative research and methods, included
- Various methods
- Reliability and validity
- Adequate data for the specific questions
• Similarity between quantitative and qualitative methods
- The critique of quantitative and qualitative research
• Research ethics, included
- The role of regional ethical committees
- Use of references
- Informed consent
The course will qualify the students to perform empirical and theoretical studies on the health care. In particular, the course will
• enable students to conduct independent scientific investigations of a broad spectrum of issues linked to health care, based on a specter of research methods
• enable students to assess existing research in a critical and independent manner.
• choose a method that will be suited for the formulated research question
• develop students’ ability to discuss a defined methodological issue in a systematic manner
• enable student to understand and deal with ethical issues in science and specially in health care research
• enable students to write a scientific report
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Formal prerequisite knowledge
Lectures and seminars with required assignments.
Written exam, 4 hours. A qualification test has to be passed before the exam.
Examination support material
No examination support material is allowed.
Language of examination
All written exams and term papers at the master's programme in Health Economics, Policy and Management have to be conducted in English.
Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.
For the required qualification test, students are awarded either a passing or failing grade. The pass/fail scale is applied as an independent scale with only two possible results.
Explanations and appeals
Resit an examination
Students that fail the qualification test may, re-take it within one week.
Withdrawal from an examination
It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.
Special examination arrangements
Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.
The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.