Short Course on Qualitative Methods in Global Infectious Diseases Research – FULL


A short course course focused on the principles and rigorous application of qualitative methods in formative, operational, evaluation and policy research in infectious diseases.


2019 final agenda



Course Directors

Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Research, Department of Epidemiology,Biostatistics & Occupational Health
Associate Director Global/Population Health, McGill International TB Centre, McGill University


Nora Engel, PhD
Assistant Professor Global Health, Department of Health, Ethics and Society/ CAPHRI
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
Maastricht University


Course Coordinator

Mike Callaghan, PhD

Medical Anthropologist, Switzerland


Course Faculty

Mike Callaghan, PhD – Medical Anthropologist, Switzerland
Amrita Daftary, PhD, MPH – McGill University
Nora Engel, PhD – Maastricht University
Jennifer Furin, MD, PhD – Harvard University
Joanne Mantell, PhD – Columbia University
Andy McDowell, PhD – School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences


Guest Speakers

Jody Boffa, PhD – McGill University
Matthew Hunt, PhD, PT – McGill University
Charity Omenka, MPH – McGill International TB Centre
Madhukar Pai, MD, PhD – McGill University




Qualitative methods can assess the social and behavioural contexts, and the complex determinants, impacts and outcomes of illness, healthcare seeking and disease control efforts, including public health programs, policies, and technologies. There is growing interest to integrate qualitative methods into traditional operational and biomedical research to improve our understanding of healthcare seeking behaviour, challenges to health service delivery, and to better understand how and why some interventions and technologies are successfully (or less successfully) implemented. This short, introductory course will build participants’ capacity and research literacy to use qualitative methods to inform, innovate, contextualize, evaluate, and strengthen the delivery and utilization of healthcare services and technologies for infectious diseases (e.g., tuberculosis, HIV, malaria, ebola) in lower-and middle-income settings. The course will be interactive, and utilize case studies and practical exercises to cover the following topics in qualitative research:


1- Study designs and methodologies
2- Theoretical frameworks
3- Focus groups, observation and interviews: designs, skills and implementation
4- Approaches and methods for analysis
5- Multiple methods: integrating and sequencing qualitative and quantitative methods
6- Sampling and participant recruitment
7- Data management and storage
8- Ethics and evaluation criteria
9- Dissemination


The course will consist of expert lectures on qualitative study design, data collection, analysis, and dissemination; followed by group exercises to apply and practice the lessons learned.
Note: the 2019 course is an abbreviated version of the previous two qualitative method courses which were week-long.


Course Objective

To be introduced to the principles and methods of qualitative research


Target audience

  • Persons with a strong interest in qualitative and mixed methods, and little/no prior experience
  • Persons involved in infectious disease control programs, including program managers, innovators, and M&E officers
  • Junior faculty, doctoral and postdoctoral fellows engaged in global health research
  • Clinical researchers and residents working internationally
  • Research staff, including study coordinators, with an interest in international work
  • Representatives of funding and/or advocacy bodies, grant reviewers



Maximum of 40 participants


This session is not certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada