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Qualitative Methods in Health Systems Research (HSR)

KIT (Royal Tropical Institute)

Certificate / Diploma Short course Amsterdam

Course description

Qualification Certificate
Field of study Health care, social services and care services
Course summary This course looks at the strengths and weaknesses of different research approaches and methods and discusses which research methods should be used to answer certain health system research questions.
Course description Health care programme managers need to be able to use a range of research approaches and methods to solve the problems they face while working in the health system. This course looks at the strengths and weaknesses of different research approaches and methods and discusses which research methods should be used to answer certain health system research questions. The course specifically focuses on qualitative and participatory research methods. Participants gain experience in each step of the research process through the development of their own research proposal, through practical exercises, and by a critical review of research articles. Attention is also paid to developing approaches to make the research user friendly and to enhance the use of research results by policy makers, health care managers, health care providers and clients.
Study subjects Explain the concepts, paradigms and applications of quantitative and qualitative research methodologies in HSR; research proposals and results of research; clearly formulate research quations based on problem analysis; select and explain an appropriate mix of research instruments; formulate a consistent and comprehensive research protocol.
Course objectives Appropriate use of quantitative and qualitative research methods; problem analysis; formulation of research objectives; variables/issues; sampling/selectionof respondents; participatory research and techniques; ethical considerations; Quantitative and quanlitative data analysis; report writing.
ECTS credits 4.00
Duration 15 day(s)
Language of instruction English
Instruction modes case study, group discussion, individual assignment, lecture, self study, tutorial
Accreditation -

About the institution

Department Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) ICHD module, crohocode 70047
Information about the institution KIT is a not-for-profit knowledge and expertise organisation for international and intercultural cooperation. Through master programmes, short courses and institutional support, KIT equips health professionals to be leaders in addressing public health challenges around the world. KIT has offered training programs on international public health since 1963. Currently this includes two International Masters Programs and a wide range of short courses and online courses. The courses respond to current global developments in the health field. KIT’s courses are known for their practical applicability, the multidisciplinary approach and the interactive, participatory training methods. Courses at KIT are followed by health professionals from all over the world. KIT’s Masters courses are given in cooperation with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) and are accredited the Dutch Flemish Accreditation Organisation (NVAO). In addition advanced courses are all accredited by TropEd, an international network of institutions for higher education in international health.


Admission requirements
  1. Academic training or professional qualification in a relevant area. Health related.
  2. Three years of relevant work experience in a related area, including experience in management or planning in developing countries. Proficiency in spoken and written English.
Language requirements
IELTS listening 60
IELTS overall band 60
IELTS reading 60
IELTS speaking 60
IELTS writing 60
TOEFL computer based 213
TOEFL internet based 80
TOEFL paper based 55
Professional experience required -
Duration 15 day(s)
Application deadlines
Start date EU/EEA Students Non-EU/EEA students
22 Jan 2020 22 Nov 2019 22 Nov 2019
20 Jan 2021 20 Nov 2020 20 Nov 2020
Tuition fees
Year EU/EEA Non-EU/EEA Institutional
2020 (FT)€ 2060n.a.n.a.

In short, the following rules apply:

  • The “EU/EEA rate” is the regular fee for students from within the EU/EEA.
  • The “non-EU/EEA rate” is the rate for students from outside the EU/EEA.
  • The “institutional rate” is for all students who have already obtained a bachelor’s or master’s degree and who want to start a second programme leading to a degree at the same level or at a lower level.
  • Note that FT, PT and D stand for "full-time", "part-time" and "dual", respectively.

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