Year Published: 2013

Time to Complete: 55 min

Instructor: Justeen Hyde, PhD; Thomas I. Mackie, PhD, MPH, MA

Learning Level: Fundamental

Primary Audience: Researchers

Prerequisite: None

Skills Domain: Scientific Concepts and Research Design

Do you know what kinds of research questions are best suited for qualitative methods?

Do you know what kinds of research questions are best suited for qualitative methods? How can you most effectively use qualitative methods in clinical and health services research? In this first course in our Mixed Methods series, Justeen Kay Hyde, PhD, and Thomas Mackie, PhD, discuss the differences between qualitative and quantitative research and how to critically assess insights derived from qualitative methods.

Learning Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe differences for quantitative and qualitative methods
  • Identify three assumptions of the qualitative approach, including epistemology, ontology, and methodology
  • Discuss elements of a high-quality qualitative research study
  • Identify ways qualitative research is effectively used in clinical and basic science research
  • Outline examples of current funding and publication avenues for mixed methods research

Course Outline

  • Why Mixed Methods?
  • Quantitative Methods –Benefits and Limitations
  • Qualitative Research
  • Qualitative Methods –Benefits and Limitations
  • Identifying Assumptions in the Research Process
  • Three Assumptions of Qualitative Research
  • Ideal Research Designs and Recognizing Limitations
  • Validity in Qualitative Research
  • Reliability in Qualitative Research
  • Generalizability in Qualitative Research
  • Qualitative Research Standards and Challenges
  • How Qualitative and Quantitative Methods Can Be Used
  • Mixed Methods –Funding and Publication Avenues


  • Lecture Slide Deck (PDF)

Course Evaluation

  • Post-Course Evaluation
  • Course Completion Verification
 This Course is Free