MH3004 - Qualitative Research Methods in Medicine and Health Sciences


Examination arrangement

Examination arrangement: Home examination
Grade: Letter grades

Evaluation Weighting Duration Grade deviation Examination aids
Home examination 100/100 3 days ALLE

Course content

The course introduces qualitative methodology. During the course, students learn about when and how qualitative methods are relevant to answer research questions. The course addresses questions of theoretical perspectives, design, sampling, data collection, analysis, reporting results, and evaluation of study quality. The aim of the course is to give students practical experience with data collection, analysis and writing up results.

Learning outcome

Upon completion of MH3004 the student is able to

  • plan and carry out data collection and analysis, as well as present the results from a qualitative study
  • describe the epistemological and methodological basis of qualitative methods
  • discuss strengths and weaknesses with qualitative methods for data collection and analytical approaches
  • conduct individual interviews, participatory observation, and focus group interviews
  • evaluate validity and reliability in qualitative studies

Learning methods and activities

Intensive lectures. Lectures, seminars, exercise-assignments, group work.

Compulsory assignments

  • 2 Written assignments

Further on evaluation

Two approved written exercises. The approved exercises are valid through the following two semesters (one years after approval) if the students do not finalize his/her exam the same year as the exercises. Home examination with duration 3 days. The exam is given in Inspera if not any other information is given. Reservation is made according to type of evaluation in case of postponed examination.

Required previous knowledge

Admission to a master's programme at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Scienes. Other students may be accepted after an individual assessment.

Course materials

To be announced

Credit reductions

Course code Reduction From To
KLH3015 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
HLS3004 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
PH3001 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
MDV6282 7.5 AUTUMN 2018
SMED8015 5.0 AUTUMN 2019
MH3008 7.5 AUTUMN 2020
More on the course

Version: 1
Credits:  7.5 SP
Study level: Second degree level


Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  AUTUMN 2022

Term no.: 1
Teaching semester:  SPRING 2023

Language of instruction: Norwegian

Location: Ålesund , Gjøvik , Trondheim

Subject area(s)
  • Health Science
Contact information
Course coordinator: Lecturer(s):

Department with academic responsibility
Department of Public Health and Nursing


Examination arrangement: Home examination

Term Status code Evaluation Weighting Examination aids Date Time Examination system Room *
Autumn ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE





Room Building Number of candidates
Spring ORD Home examination 100/100 ALLE INSPERA
Room Building Number of candidates
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