Mixed Methods to Understand and Evaluate Public Health Problems

Course Description:

Mixed methods research is growing in acceptance in Public Health, calling for developing new research skills among future health leaders. By integrating quantitative outcome-based oriented approaches with qualitative stakeholder engagement methods public health leaders and researchers should be able to better identify, assess, evaluate and implement improvement initiatives in public health.

The purpose of this interactive class is to discuss principles and procedures of designing and conducting mixed methods studies and to provide participants with hands-on experience of selecting and applying core mixed methods designs in public health research.  The course is designed for novice and seasoned researchers seeking to apply mixed methods to understand topics in public health.

Course Objectives:

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe key perspectives and purpose of mixed methods research (MMR) design.
  • Discuss and examine the most common MMR designs.
  • Assess methodological challenges associated with conducting mixed methods studies.
  • Evaluate and discuss approaches to conducting data analyses within a mixed methods research study.
  • Practice writing MMR research aims.
  • Design public health mixed methods research study.

Course Syllabus:

Mixed Methods to Understand & Evaluate Public Health Problems Syllabus


Tory Hogan, PhD