PhD Course: Advanced Course in Qualitative Research in Public and Global Health – From Conceptualization to Write-up

Learning objectives

A student who has met the objectives of the course will be able to:


  1. understand interpretive epistemology in qualitative research, identify empirical versus analytical objectives, and describe the central characteristics and processes of a qualitative research project


  1. conceptualize and plan qualitative research, including the tools used to produce data
  2. apply central quality criteria in qualitative research, including the importance of pre-understanding, reflexivity, transparency, the role of context, access to the field and data, and to discuss these concepts in relation to specific research projects


  1. critically reflect on the process of producing qualitative data
  2. evaluate ethically sound research conduct and academic integrity in qualitative research
  3. apply a range of selected analytical approaches to qualitative data, and discuss the interaction between data and social theory
  4. construct different theoretical positions and perspectives relevant for qualitative research and develop the theoretical potential of her/his own studies


This PhD course aims to provide PhD students with a solid background for managing the different stages and the progression of qualitative studies from idea (research questions) to analysis and write-up. Participants are supported in how to strengthen the methodological, theoretical and analytical approach of their research through lectures, student presentations, and discussions with lecturers and other course participants, group sessions and through home assignments. Lectures, student preparations and exercises will focus on conceptualization and methodological, theoretical and analytical perspectives central to qualitative research with specific focus on international and global health challenges. Particularly important are the workshop sessions in which we focus on the individual projects of the participants.


The course is targeted students who are currently engaged with any stage of qualitative research within public or global health research, either a qualitative component of a PhD project or a PhD project that is entirely qualitative. Students should preferable have prior experience with the basic principles of qualitative research. 

Relevance to graduate programmes

The course is relevant to PhD students from the following graduate programmes at the Graduate School of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH.

  • Medicine, Culture and Society
  • Veterinary and Animal Sciences
  • Public Health and Epidemiology

The course is also open to students from outside UCPH.




Preparation for class, lectures, individual and group presentations by students, exercises, discussions

Course director

Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl, Associate Professor, Global Health, Department of Public Health -

Main Teachers

  • Britt Pinkowski Tersbøl, Associate Professor, Dept of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
  • Morten Skovdal, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health, University of Copenhagen
  • Karen Marie Moland, Professor, Centre for International Health, Department of Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen
  • Astrid Blystad, Professor, Centre for International Health, Institute for Global Public Health and Primary Care, University of Bergen


19-29 October 2020, all days from 9:00-16:00.

Course location

CSS Campus Copenhagen, Denmark


Please register before 21 September 2020.

Find the course and register here.