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The Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research (“CQ”) is an extra-departmental unit located at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, and a network of qualitative researchers that promote the practice, teaching and development of critical qualitative research in the health field.


The goals of the Centre for Critical Qualitative Health Research are to:

  • Build local, national and international capacity in critical, interpretive, theoretically-informed qualitative health research, scholarship and teaching
  • Promote innovation, knowledge development, and critical reflection at the leading edge of the field of qualitative methodology
  • Provide advanced graduate education in qualitative research methodology
  • Act as a ‘go-to’ site of expertise in the particular challenges of practicing and teaching qualitative research in the health field
  • Anchor, connect, challenge and inspire qualitative researchers across health-related disciplines and institutional units
  • Advocate for and facilitate change in the health research environment such that qualitative research can thrive and make optimal contributions to knowledge production