INTHE4022 – Advanced Module in Qualitative Methods

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Course content

The course provides in-depth knowledge and skills in the qualitative methodologies used in the study of health and health services and enable the students to design and develop a qualitative protocol for their master degree dissertation. Through lectures and seminars, students apply both theoretical and practical aspects of qualitative methods, designs, analyses and presentations.

Learning outcome


After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Explain central theories and models in qualitative health research
  • Outline ethnographic approaches
  • Summarize discourse analytical approaches
  • Explain the meaning of historization


After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Critically review qualitative literature
  • Develop a qualitative research protocol for your master project
  • Record and transcribe qualitative data
  • Choose appropriate qualitative analyses approach in the analysis of qualitative data for your master degree project
  • Write up a credible academic report from qualitative data

General competence

After completing the course, you will be able to:

  • Appreciate the role of qualitative methodology in international health research and generating evidence to inform policy and programing


This course is only available for students at the following master programme:

International Community Health


The course consists of lectures and seminars. In the seminars, the students do exercises and assignments related to the course. 80% attendance in the seminars is required to be eligible to take the exam. Attendance will be registered.

Access to teaching

A student who has completed compulsory instruction and coursework and has had these approved, is not entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework. A student who has been admitted to a course, but who has not completed compulsory instruction and coursework or had these approved, is entitled to repeat that instruction and coursework, depending on available capacity.


Home exam (protocol)

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a pass/fail scale. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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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.

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