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HSH715 - Qualitative Health Research

Unit details

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Year2014 unit information
Offering information:

Not offered 2014, next offered 2015

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 1 2015: Burwood (Melbourne), CBD

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Offering information:

This unit is offered in alternate, odd years. Offered 2015, 2017

Unit chair:

E Hoban

Contact hours:

1 x 1 hour class (weekly) and 1 x 2 hour seminar (fortnightly) or seminar in block mode


You will need to access substantial learning resources and experiences in CloudDeakin (Deakin’s online learning environment). Compliance with the Standards in computing, connectivity and student capability are a condition on your enrolment.


This unit aims to introduce students to the nature and politics of qualitative research. Students will explore the types of research questions that can be answered using qualitative methods. Examples of qualitative health research questions include the meaning of experience (such as having diabetes, being from an ethnic or cultural minority, or exercising), how our experiences (such as breast feeding being socially isolated or running a health program) are shaped by culture, norms and institutions, and how social processes (such as quitting smoking or becoming empowered) occur within social contexts. Students will develop skills in identifying researchable questions from theories, their practices and observations; designing, planning and conducting qualitative health research and qualitative data analysis techniques.
This unit is recommended for students considering conducting, evaluating or designing health research in a higher degree or workplace setting.


Research proposal (2000 words) 40%, exercise in coding and analysing a data set (1000 words) 20%, theoretical analysis (2000 words) 40%

Unit Fee Information

Student Contribution Rate*Student Contribution Rate**Fee rate - Domestic Students Fee rate - International students

* Rate for all CSP students, except for those who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
** Rate for CSP students who commenced Education and Nursing units pre 2010
Please note: Unit fees listed do not apply to Deakin Prime students.

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