2023-2024 / METO1009-1

Qualitative approach advanced methods


10h Th, 10h Pr, 5h Mon. WS, 5h Mon. Read.

Number of credits

 Master in public health (120 ECTS) (Transitional programme)3 crédits 




Language(s) of instruction

French language

Organisation and examination

Teaching in the first semester, review in January


Schedule online

Units courses prerequisite and corequisite

Prerequisite or corequisite units are presented within each program

Learning unit contents

The following concepts will be dealt with in class:

  • Epistemology of qualitative research;
  • Objectives of qualitative research;
  • Usefulness of a qualitative approach in research in public health;
  • Define a research question in a qualitative approach;
  • Sampling;
  • Data collection methods;
  • Data analysis: general principles - thematic analysis - qualitative data analysis software;
  • Quality criteria in qualitative research.

Learning outcomes of the learning unit

General objectives
The course is an introduction to qualitative research methods. It aims to explain the interest of a qualitative approach in public health and to provide the participants with tools to collect and process qualitative information. Students will be invited to try out the qualitative research process.
Specific objectives
Students will be able to:

  • Argue in which case a qualitative method should be used;
  • Understand the stakes and objectives of the qualitative method v the quantitative method;
  • Compose a qualitative sample;
  • Compile an interview handbook to collect data through individual or group interviews;
  • Conduct an individual or group interview;
  • Successfully conduct a thematic analysis of the qualitative data;
  • Approach the writing or reading of a qualitative research project in a critical manner.

Prerequisite knowledge and skills


Planned learning activities and teaching methods


Mode of delivery (face to face, distance learning, hybrid learning)

Blended learning

Additional information:


Recommended or required readings

There is no syllabus. Students can access educational material via ecampus.
Recommended reading (for further information): will be given to students during sessions.

Exam(s) in session

Any session

- In-person

written exam

Additional information:


Work placement(s)

Organisational remarks and main changes to the course


Benoit PETRE: Tel: 04/366.25.05 - E-mail: benoit.petre@uliege.be - Dpt des Sciences de la Santé publique Bât. B23, Tour de Pathologie - Niveau 0 CHU - Sart Tilman
Bernard VOZ (supervisor): Tel: 04/366.92.98 - E-mail: Bernard.Voz@uliege.be

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