Mixed Methods in International Health Research


Die Komplexität der internationalen Gesundheitsforschung verlangt es, die traditionellen Ansätze der quantitativen und qualitativen Forschung sinnvoll miteinander zu verbinden. Dieser Kurs befähigt die Teilnehmenden, Forschungen und Evaluationen zu Gesundheitsprojekten aussagekräftig zu gestalten und führt sie an diesen modernen Ansatz der Datenerhebung und Situationsanalyse heran.


Research in international health is becoming increasingly complex, requiring scientists to move away from the traditional quantitative vs. qualitative methodological dichotomy. This traditional dichotomy has proved no longer to be the most effective in providing answers to the public health problems emerging both in high income and low and middle income countries.

Mixed methods research represents an opportunity to build on the specific strengths of quantitative and qualitative research methods to foster synergies between the two which may allow for a more comprehensive understanding of the problems at stake.

Focusing on the joint application of quantitative and qualitative tools and methods, this course aims to train participants to conduct mixed methods research.This course will enable participants to:

  • Appreciate the epistemology of research and its direct influence on the methodological choices in the everyday practice of research in international health;
  • Identify the most common quantitative and qualitative methodological tools used in research in international health;
  • Critically analyse the role and the specific contribution of quantitative and qualitative methods to research in international health;
  • Assess which research questions and in which situations require the application of mixed methods research;
  • Apply the knowledge and skills acquired in class to develop and carry out an individual research protocol using a mixed methods approach.


  • Global Public Health
  • Public Health Methods
  • Sonstige - Public Health

Datum / Uhrzeit


Veranstalter und Veranstaltungsort

Institut für Public-Health, Heidelberg

Target Group and Prerequisites

Eligible are graduate students at an advanced master level, doctoral students, tropEd students, junior and senior researchers, and consultants actively engaged in research activities. The course is held in English. Fluency in English (reading, speaking, and writing) is a prerequisite for the course.

To secure the good quality of the individual tutoring, participation is limited to 12-15 students. Interested participants are required to submit a one page research outline describing the basic research idea (including research question, justification, and methodology) which they wish to develop into a research protocol during the course. Students will be selected for participation on the basis of this initial research outline.

tropEd students are not allowed to submit as a research outline the same concept developed for their master thesis.

Course Fee

General admittance: EUR 1.500,-
troEd students: EUR 1.000,-

Information and Registration


Anchal Sharma, MSc.
Assistant Short Courses Coordinator
Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 365, D-69120 Heidelberg
Fon: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 43 12 
Fax: + 49 - (0) 62 21 - 56 49 18





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