Training Detail

Course Title : Basic Course on Qualitative Research Methodology (Online)

Duration: 19,20,21,26,27 September 2021 (5 days)

Hosted by : icddr,b

Published On : 17 April, 2021

Close Date : 10 July, 2021

Location : Zoom online Platform View Detail



One of the key principles of effective public health responses is understanding the underlying contexts, implications and insider perspectives surrounding various illnesses and health concerns. While quantitative inquiry can measure the magnitude and burden of a disease problem, as well as provide a snapshot of the patterns and determinants of specific health problems, qualitative research can explore and understand the barriers, facilitators, and perspectives about health behaviour, illness or healthcare system. Thus, insights generated from qualitative research can provide grassroots-level directives to garner an effective public and community health response strategy and devise a context-specific and culturally sensitive health intervention. Hence, it is vital to learn how to undertake systematic and scientifically rigorous qualitative research. This short course focuses on teaching the theoretical and methodological approaches to qualitative research for beginners who are currently involved in health research and intervention, and interested to apply qualitative methods in their area of work.


Learning objectives

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

  • Learn how to design and develop methodologically rigorous and scientifically sound grant proposals based on a qualitative approach and write scientific articles based on qualitative data 
  • Formulate an appropriate and sound qualitative research question 
  • Understand and apply a variety of qualitative data collection techniques
  • Articulate the relative appropriateness of different qualitative analytical approaches for a particular qualitative study and apply them accordingly
  • Understand ethics in qualitative research


Course content

  • Concept of qualitative research, its relevance to health research and interventions
  • Sampling in qualitative research
  • Data collection techniques in qualitative research
  • Qualitative data collection guidelines
  • Qualitative data management and analysis
  • Preparing a qualitative research proposal
  • Writing a qualitative research report
  • Ethics in qualitative research
  • Validity and reliability of qualitative data
  • Reviewing and presenting qualitative research articles


Course duration and timing: The course duration is 40 hours which will be conducted over 5 days. Sessions will be delivered from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm on 19-21 and 26-27 September 2021. A substantial amount of reading and preparatory work will be necessary during evenings and on weekends.


Target group: Medical and public health graduates, or master’s in biological/health sciences or social sciences involved in health research will be given preference for the course.


Training facilitation: Experienced trainers of icddr,b will facilitate this course.


Course fee: BDT 10,000 (Ten Thousand Taka) for national participants, and USD 200 (Two Hundred US Dollar) for international participants. The course fee includes tuition fees, training materials, and a certificate of participation.


How to pay? The preferred method of course fee payment is online using credit or debit card or mobile banking (e.g. BKash, DBBL, MCash, MY Cash). However, participants can also make payment through bank transfer in favour of icddr,b. You will be notified further about the course fee payment procedure once you are selected for the course.


Registration and application: All interested participants must apply online for registration following the link:


Selection and admission procedure: Participants will be selected based on their pre-requisite qualifications and first come first serve basis. Only selected participants will be notified by email or SMS or over the telephone. The admission of the selected participant will be confirmed only when the course fee is received.


Training delivery: The training will be conducted online using the Zoom platform. Each participant needs to ensure that he/she has a computer with a stable internet connection and Zoom Meeting software is being installed properly.


Certification: Each participant will be awarded a certificate only after successful completion of the course. It is MANDATORY to attend all the sessions for the certificate to be issued.


Course Director:

Dr Sharful Islam Khan MBBS, MHSS, PhD

Head, Program for HIV and AIDS

Infectious Diseases Division (IDD), icddr,b



For course-related queries, please contact with:

Dr Md. Nazim Uzzaman

Course Coordinator, Technical Training Unit, icddr,b


Ext: 3574


Any further queries including application and enrolment:

Mr Mohammad Asaduzzaman

Administrative Assistant, Technical Training Unit, icddr,b


Mobile: +8801755628427