Métodos Qualitativos



This course aims to promote the students'''' appreciation for the qualitative approach in epidemiological research. It is intended that students be able to articulate the theoretical and practical concepts of qualitative methodologies, recognizing the specificity of the techniques involved and their different contexts of application. Thus, it is intended that students be able to:


1. Identify the characteristics of different research paradigms and methodologies and to realize the differences between qualitative versus quantitative methodologies

2. Understand the principles and conceptual contexts of application of qualitative


3. Know and apply the key processes of information collection in qualitative


4. Implement specific techniques for collecting, handling and analysing qualitative data.

5. Develop skills that enables them to perform qualitative research

General characterization





Responsible teacher

Sónia Dias


Weekly - Available soon

Total - 40

Teaching language



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DIAS, S, GAMA, A. - Introdução à Investigação Qualitativa em Saúde Pública.

Lisboa: Almedina, 2019.

CRESWELL, J. W., Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method

Approaches. 3th edition. London: Sage Publications; 2009.

FLICK, U. An introduction to Qualitative Research. London: Sage Publications;


MERRIAM, S. B. - Qualitative Research: A Guide to Design and Implementation

(4th Edition). San Francisco: Wiley & Sons, 2016.

HOLLIDAY, A. Doing and Writing Qualitative Research. UK: Sage Publications;



Teaching method

Theoretical and practical sessions, with theoretical reflection and group discussions, problem solving, critical analysis of scientific papers, presentation and discussion of work done by students and tutorials.

The assessment is done by developing a research protocol using a qualitative approach.

Evaluation method

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Subject matter

Qualitative methods: definition, basic conceptual principles and application contexts

Distinction between quantitative and qualitative methods in health: advantages and disadvantages of choosing / applying different approaches;

Complementarity between qualitative and quantitative approach in epidemiological studies

Theoretical orientations in qualitative research: different types of studies

Ethics and qualitative research

Application of qualitative methods in health research

Drawing a qualitative study: phases of a research protocol

Different techniques of data collection: semi-structured interviews, observation, focus groups, document analysis, case study

Data analysis

Presentation and discussion of results

Writing a qualitative research

Criteria for evaluating the quality of qualitative research

Possibilities and limits of qualitative methodologies

Practical examples


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