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About Study Course

Department: Department of Public Health and Epidemiology
Credit points / ECTS:6 / 9
Course supervisor:Inese Stars
Study type:Full time
Course level:Master's
Target audience:Medical Services
Language:English, Latvian
Branch of science:Sociology; Theory and History of Sociology


To provide information to students about qualitative research methodologies, the ideological nature of the diversity of methods and application possibilities in public health, health care. Present qualitative research philosophical paradigm, research principles and widespread use. Show basic strategy review, which is necessary for qualitative research. Develop a critical understanding of the qualitative research advantages and disadvantages.


Research methodology, knowledge of social sciences (sociology, social anthropology, psychology), public health.

Learning outcomes


To describe the philosophical assumptions of qualitative research, to recognize and identify the main types of qualitative research, to explain the differences in the type of study, its offered research opportunities and the suitability of a particular research problem, to organize the study design stages, to tell about reliability and validity theoretical aspects, including the problems associated with the reliability of qualitative research and their possible solutions, to explain the ethical issues in qualitative research.


To choose a most appropriate types of qualitative research for concrete scientific problem, to defend their research ideas, to generate and formulate the research problem, objectives, and the question / s, choose the correct sampling method; create an in-depth interview question protocol, to make thematic text analysis in given interview material, to discuss (analyze) the studies that used qualitative research methods.


Student will have acquired competence to develop a qualitative study design, by integrating social knowledge in public health science and practice.

Study course planning

Planning period:Year 2021, Spring semester
Study programmeStudy semesterProgram levelStudy course categoryLecturersSchedule
Public Health, SVFM2Master’sRequiredInese Stars
Public Health, ĀSNSVFMz3Master’sRequiredInese Stars