QUAL-WORKS is a four-day intensive training workshop on qualitative research methods for public health professionals, developed by Dr. Monique Hennink. This workshop event is sponsored by the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke Global Health Fellowship. It is a rigorous, skill-building course that will provide instruction on qualitative research design and data collection. The course will include instructional lectures and participatory sessions.

QUAL-WORKS: Qualitative Research Methods Workshop

March 9 - 12, 2020 (Registration Closed)
Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI)
Moshi, Tanzania

March 16 - 19, 2020
Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC)
New Delhi, India

Application Deadline: February 14

Lunch, workshop registration fees, and workshop materials will be provided at no cost to selected participants.

Workshop Module Instructional Tools Learning Outcomes
Research Principles and Paradigms Knowledge self-assessment 
PowerPoint Lectures
Self-reflexive activities
Interactive discussion
Quiz on principles
  • Understand the interpretive paradigm guiding qualitative research 
  • Describe core characteristics of qualitative research 
  • Know principles of conducting qualitative research
  • Reflect on personal subjectivity in research
Study Design PowerPoint Lectures
Article Review 
  • Understand purpose of different study designs 
  • Know how to design a scientific and feasible qualitative study 
  • Understand how to design effective qualitative research questions 
Mixed Methods Research  PowerPoint Lectures
Journal Article Case Studies
  • Know the benefits and limitations of mixed methods study designs
  • Understand how to integrate quantitative and qualitative methods 
  • Anticipate methodological challenges in mixed methods studies
Participant Recruitment PowerPoint Lectures
Video Case Studies
Group Work on Recruitment
  • Understand the principles of purposive sampling 
  • Identify effective, ethical participant recruitment strategies 
  • Understand how to determine sample sizes for a qualitative study 

Data Collection Methods
o    In-depth interviews
o    Focus Group Discussions 
o    Observation 

PowerPoint Lectures
Critique of Instruments
Interviewing Skills Activities
Mock Focus Group Discussion 
Role-Play Activities
Video Observational Skills
Interactive Knowledge Quizzes
  • Understand how to design and critique research instruments for interviews, group discussions, and observation
  • Know the principles of qualitative data collection 
  • Develop skills in conducting an interview, focus group discussion and observation
  • Understand how to generate richly textured qualitative data
Fieldwork Tasks and Processes PowerPoint Lectures
Group Review of Transcript
Use Transcription Software
  • Understand the iterative/inductive process of data collection
  • Know how to design and conduct field training  
  • Develop a verbatim transcript
  • Anticipate fieldwork challenges with strategies for scientific rigor 
  • Understand data management tasks during fieldwork
Writing Qualitative Methods PowerPoint Lectures
Article Review 
Responding to Critiques 
  • Know how to write qualitative research methods 
  • Understand how to assess qualitative research articles
  • Learn how to respond to critiques of qualitative research
Quality Assessment PowerPoint Lecture
Quality checklists
Critiques of instruments, interviewers, recruitment, articles
  • Understand criteria for evaluating quality in qualitative research 
  • Know how to assess qualitative research instruments
  • Know how to assess skills of interviewers 
  • Know how to assess qualitative research articles and study proposals

a) currently employed at KCMC, PHFI, or another partner VECD LMIC site in India or Tanzania
b) currently hold a research position, including research staff or research leaders (e.g. study PIs, program directors)
c) demonstrated potential to incorporate skills learned into participants’ current research work

Centre for Chronic Disease Control (CCDC) is a New Delhi based not-for-profit organization, established in December 2000. The mission of CCDC is primarily intended to address the growing challenge of chronic diseases, in varied settings of the developing countries through:

  • Knowledge generation, which can inform policies and empower programmes for the prevention and control of chronic diseases
  • Knowledge translation intended to operationalize research results by bridging the critical gaps between relevant research and effective implementation, through analytic work, capacity building, advocacy and development of educational resources for enhancing the empowerment of people and professionals.

CCDC has been recognized as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India. It also holds registration under Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 1976.

Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute (KCRI) is an academic centre for evidence-based health interventions. We initiate and conduct medical research to develop evidence for interventions and provide research training and necessary research logistics to collaborators and partners. We collaborate according to the four C’s of our institute which are conduct, contract, coordinate and consult. KCRI forms the third pillar of the Good Samaritan foundation next to health services and training.

henninkMonique Hennink, PhD, Associate Professor of Global Health and Qualitative Methodologist, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Dr. Hennink is a world-class qualitative methodologist, instructor and research scholar with more than 25 years of experience in the design, implementation, analysis, presentation, and publication of qualitative research across a wide range of public health topics. Her research is globally diverse, with many studies conducted in resource-limited settings. Her research focuses on understanding the social, cultural, and contextual influences on public health behavior, to identify potential behavioral interventions. She has over 100 academic publications on qualitative and mixed methods research and on research methodology. She has co-chaired a four-year scientific panel of the International Union of the Scientific Study of Population on qualitative research, with a mandate to promote rigor in the use of qualitative methods in population research. Dr. Hennink teaches a graduate-level course on qualitative research at Emory University and provides short courses in qualitative research at the University of Columbia, the University of Michigan, and the CDC. She regularly mentors Masters- and doctoral-level students, as well as junior and mid-career faculty, in research using qualitative methods. Dr. Hennink has authored five textbooks on qualitative research methods, providing guidance on applying qualitative techniques to globally diverse research settings. 

johnsonLeslie Johnson, PhD, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Johnson is a recent alumnus of the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Global Health Fellows program. In addition to her own fellowship project and ongoing work in qualitative and mixed methods research as a postdoctoral fellow at Emory, she has also served as the course designer and lead for two consecutive years in the Fogarty Orientation Qualitative Methods Course, delivered to 50-60 incoming Fogarty Fellows from the US and LMICs. Dr. Johnson’s current research interests focus on implementation science and health service research as it relates to chronic disease management.


inglesDonna J. Ingles, MS, MPH, Senior Program Manager, Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Donna Ingles joined the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health in 2015 and currently serves as the Senior Program Manager for Extramural Education and Training Programs, with a specific focus on international research projects. Ms. Ingles serves as the Vanderbilt-Emory-Cornell-Duke (VECD) Global Health Fellows Director of Operations and Management, with more than a decade of experience in research and training projects and program management. In this role, she manages the VECD Support Center and oversees all logistics for VECD and other training and research programs across VIGH.