Mixed Methods in Health Research

Course summary

Mixed Methods in Health Research



Overview

Mixing methods for maximal meaning

This module will introduce students to the nature and design of mixed methods research. This module assumes students will have some experience in either qualitative or quantitative methodologies, as the focus will be on practical ways to combine the two to develop a variety of mixed methods studies. Students wanting to learn how to do qualitative and/or quantitative research should attend the Qualitative Research Methods and/or Introduction to Study Design & research Methods course. Participants on this mixed methods course will appreciate how research combining qualitative and quantitative approaches can give a deeper understanding of complex healthcare issues. They will learn how to design, implement and analyse a mixed methods study to answer their own clinical question.

The last date for receipt of complete applications is 5pm Friday 8th December 2017. Regrettably, late applications cannot be accepted.

By the end of the course the student will be able to:

  1. critically examine the origins and key philosophical concepts involved with mixed methods research designs
  2. critically appraise the relative contributions of different methods and techniques of mixed methods research
  3. explore essential research skills for conducting mixed methods research in evidence-based health care
  4. design, analyse and assess survey and interview/focus group data
  5. design and critically appraise a mixed methods study
  6. appreciate the practicalities of creating and sustaining a research team

 

Core Reading

  • Designing and Conducting Mixed methods Research. John W. Creswell, Vicki L Plano Clark. Sage; 2nd ed. 2011.

 

Comments from previous participants:

I feel more confident in my ability to do mixed methods research"

Overall a very interesting and informative course"

I will never read the literature the same way now"

Read the blog The science of mixing research methods written by Dr Sharon Mickan

Programme details

This module is run over an eight week cycle where the first week is spent working on introductory activities using a Virtual Learning Environment, the second week is spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week (this takes place on the dates advertised), there are then four Post-Oxford activities (delivered through the VLE) which are designed to help you write your assignment. You then have a week of personal study and you will be required to submit your assignment electronically the following week (usually on a Tuesday at 14:00 UK Local Time).

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the Rewley House Residential Centre, within the Department for Continuing Education, in central Oxford. The comfortable, en-suite, study-bedrooms have been rated as 4-Star Campus accommodation under the Quality In Tourism scheme, and come with tea- and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi access and Freeview TV. Guests can take advantage of the excellent dining facilities and common room bar, where they may relax and network with others on the programme.

IT requirements

Please ensure that you have access to a computer that meets the specifications detailed on our technical support page.

Fees

Short Course in Health Sciences: £2195.00
Students enrolled on MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care: £1795.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Cert in Health Research: £1795.00
Students enrolled on Postgraduate Dip in Health Research: £1795.00

Funding

Details of funding opportunities, including grants, bursaries, loans, scholarships and benefit information are available on our financial assistance page.

 

Discounts

If you are an employee of the University of Oxford and have a valid University staff card you may be eligible to receive a 10% discount on the full stand-alone fee. To take advantage of this offer please submit a scan/photocopy of your staff card along with your application. Your card should be valid for a further six months after attending the course.

 

Tutors

Dr Caroline Croxson

Module Co-ordinator

Caroline Croxson is a Senior Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Margaret Glogowska

Module Coordinator

Margaret Glogowska is a Researcher at the Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences

Assessment methods

Assessment will be based on submission of a written assignment which should not exceed 4,000 words.

Academic Credit

Those wishing to take the course for credit. The University of Oxford Department for Continuing Education offers Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS) points for the course. Participants attending at least 80% of the taught course and successfully completing assessed assignments are eligible to earn credit equivalent to 20 CATS-equivalent points which may be counted towards a postgraduate qualification.

Attendance Only

This includes:

  • attendance at five full days of teaching by world renowned experts in evidence-based health care at the University of Oxford.
  • access to a dedicated online virtual learning environment prior to and during the five taught days
  • access to pre-course reading materials

Applicants registering as "Attendance Only" are not eligible to undertake the academic assignment offered to students on award-bearing programmes of study and will not have access to the University library resources, other than those provided by the Department for Continuing Education. Applicants cannot receive CAT (Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme) points or equivalence. Credit cannot be attributed retrospectively. CAT accreditation is required if you wish for the module to count towards a further qualification in the future.

A Certificate of Completion is issued at the end of the course.

"Attendance Only" applicants who subsequently wish to register for academic credit and complete the assignment are required to submit additional information, which must be received 1 calendar month in advance of the module start date. Please contact us for more information.

Please contact cpdhealth@conted.ox.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Application

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This course requires you to complete the application form and submit along with a copy of your CV. If you are applying to take this course for academic credit you will also need to complete section two of the reference form and forward it to your referee for completion. Please note that if you are not applying to take the course for academic credit then you do not need to submit a reference.

Please ensure you read the guidance notes before completing the application form, as any errors resulting from failure to do so may delay your application.

Selection criteria

Admissions Criteria:
To apply for the course you should:

 

  • be a graduate or have successfully completed a professional training course
  • have professional work experience in the health service or a health-related field
  • be able to combine intensive classroom learning with the application of the principles and practices of evidence-based health care within the work place
  • have a good working knowledge of email, internet, word processing and Windows applications (for communications with course members, course team and administration)
  • show evidence of the ability to commit time to study and an employer's commitment to make time available to study, complete course work and attend course and university events and modules.