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The Essentials of Qualitative Research (EQR) Course Series

CQ is unique in its mandate for education and training opportunities for its participants, achieved in part by the CQ course series. This series offers a range of interdisciplinary and integrative courses in qualitative methodology for graduate students. Course offerings range from introductory level explorations of qualitative inquiry and theory to advanced lessons in qualitative approaches that provide students with the necessary methodological expertise for doctoral research. Courses are offered and/or taken by the two sponsoring units of CQ, as well as its six contributing member departments. CQ prides itself in hosting the largest and most extensive offering of methodology courses in critical qualitative health research among the top research-intensive universities in North America. An environmental scan completed in August 2013 indicated that no other institution paralleled CQ in the number and range of courses offered in qualitative health research, and that no other institution offered an interdisciplinary suite of critical qualitative health research courses to its students. 

Furthermore, CQ has the largest number of course offerings in Qualitative Health Research among the top 15 research institutions in each Canada and the U.S., based on a survey conducted between October 2012 and August 2013. CQ also offers the greatest breadth of focus of all institutions surveyed, from Introduction to Qualitative Research to Advanced Analysis, Interpretation, and Writing in Qualitative Health Research.

CQ coordinates an integrated set of graduate methodology courses ranging from introductory to advanced levels. A few courses are designed as introductions to the character and uses of qualitative inquiry for students seeking just to appreciate what such research is about or to find out if it might have promise for their own research projects. Most, however, are designed for students who have committed to a qualitative approach to their theses and who are seeking sufficient methodological skill and knowledge for doctoral level research. 

The EQR courses are offered by faculty in the 'home' unit of CQ – the Dalla Lana School of Public Health - and by CQ contributing partner faculties or departments. A few courses are designed as introductions to the character and uses of qualitative inquiry for students seeking just to appreciate what such research is about or to find out if it might have promise for their own research projects. Most, however, are designed for students who have committed to a qualitative approach to their theses and who are seeking sufficient methodological skill and knowledge for doctoral level research.

The EQR courses reserve space for students from graduate departments that are ‘contributing members’ of CQ (currently the School of Public Health, the faculties of Social Work, Pharmacy and Kinesiology and Physical Education, and the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute). Since social theory is viewed as fundamental to the qualitative approaches taught in this series, and to research on the social aspects of health/health care, three courses (CHL 5101, CHL 5128, and SWK 4512) focusing on social theory rather than method per se are associated with the EQR series.

The Certificate in Qualitative Research Methodology is available to students who have completed CHL5115 (Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation) and two other eligible courses in the Essentials of Qualitative Research (EQR) course series. As of spring 2013, 13 students completed the program and received a certificate indicating their advanced training in qualitative research methodology. Please follow the link provided for more information.