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"Advanced Training in Qualitative Health Research Methodology" Certificate

CQ is currently revising its curriculum and eligibility criteria for the Certificate of Advanced Methodological Training in Qualitative Research. Beginning in fall 2016, no master's level courses will qualify for the certificate. To be eligible, students must take the compulsory course CHL5115 'Qualitative Analysis and Interpretation' and two other courses from CQ's PhD Curriculum (view the 2017-18 schedule for current eligible courses). 
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Certficate Eligibility until end of 2015-16:

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 described in the above image). To date, 13 students have completed the program and received a certificate indicating their advanced training in qualitative research methodology. This is not a formal University of Toronto Certificate associated with a notation on students' transcripts, but rather a certificate issued by CQ. All courses in the EQR series qualify for the Certificate EXCEPT: NUR1028, NUR 1085, CHL5101, SWK6007 and SWK4512. Substitution of alternative methods courses for the Certificate courses is not possible. Courses in the Essentials of Qualitative Research series are only available to University of Toronto students or those who register as a special student

To receive a Certificate, students should contact and provide an updated copy of their transcripts, showing they have successfully completed three eligible courses. Beginning in the 2015-16 academic year, those seeking the Certificate must have achieved a grade of B+ or higher in each of the three required courses.


Praise for the CQ Certificate in Qualitative Research Methodology

CQ certificate holders indicated that the course series strongly prepared them for qualitative health research in graduate studies and in their careers. They feel that the quality education provided a strong theoretical and methodological foundation in qualitative research. Peers and colleagues regard the certificate holders as experts in qualitative research, and have collaborated with them on qualitative and mixed-methods projects as a result. Furthermore, the readings and resources made available in courses were of use to certificate holders in thesis writing and beyond:

“All of the courses I took were of incredibly high standard and prepared me for my career as a qualitative researcher. The broad array of course readings and further references provided by each course instructor were essential in writing my dissertation and which I continue to use in my current work.”

The courses were found challenging and enjoyable by certificate holders, who felt they benefited from the hands-on and practical nature of the courses in the series. They also found value in small class sizes for the personal attention and class interaction provided. Certificate holders also appreciated the learning opportunities through the availability of courses tailored to different stages of the thesis process:

“The courses were very challenging intellectually and enjoyable at the same time. What was most beneficial about the courses I took was they supported me in dealing with each phase of my journey to completing my PhD.”