HLTH408-24S2 (M) Semester Two 2024 (Manawa)

Special Topic: Independent Study

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 15 July 2024
End Date: Sunday, 10 November 2024
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 28 July 2024
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Sunday, 29 September 2024


This course allows for supervised research in an area of personal interest. It is of particular value for health professionals who want to examine a health related issue in depth, and develop research expertise.

This paper will examine qualitative research in health-related disciplines with an emphasis on the methodologies we use in qualitative research. This focus on methodology will allow students to develop a robust research proposal that recognises the connections between epistemology, methodology and the theory that may inform a qualitative thesis. We place particular emphasis on the use of interviews, the most common qualitative method used in health research, to examine participant-researcher relationships in qualitative research, the nature of data collection, and approaches to analysing qualitative data.  
The course will be taught over four block days, with two days in each term. Class contact will follow a seminar format in which students are expected to have completed the course readings and contribute actively to the discussion. A range of lecturers with expertise in different approaches will take part in the discussions which will include brief power-point presentations to introduce or sum-up an issue. Morning and afternoon sessions will each focus on one of the following themes:

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:
1. A critical understanding of qualitative methodologies commonly adopted in the health sciences.
2. Applied core concepts in qualitative health research to best answer a research question.
3. Demonstrated awareness of the methodologies and challenges surrounding qualitative research within their health discipline.


Subject to approval of the Head of School

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Kate Reid


Sarah Lovell

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,191.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see School of Health Sciences .

All HLTH408 Occurrences

  • HLTH408-24A (D) Any Time Start 2024 (Distance)
  • HLTH408-24S2 (M) Semester Two 2024 (Manawa)