Qualitative Research in Health Professions Education

Provider: Monash Institute for Health and Clinical Education


This course is designed for anyone undertaking qualitative research in health professions education and training. We cover each phase of the research process from identifying the issue to be investigated, writing research questions, selecting study design, data collection, analysis, reporting and dissemination. We also consider higher level concepts including philosophical notions on the nature of reality and knowledge (ontology and epistemology). We share commonly used theoretical frameworks in health professions education and offer an overview of five approaches – narrative research, phenomenology, grounded theory, ethnography and case study. Participants will cover the fundamentals of qualitative research to prepare them to meaningfully review qualitative research and to design their own. Participants are expected to undertake preparatory work and evening assignments during the course.

After participating in this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe broad traditions in qualitative research
  2. Outline concepts of ontology and epistemology relative to qualitative research
  3. Discuss commonly used theoretical frameworks in health professions education research
  4. Identify and practice common methods of data collection for qualitative research
  5. Meaningfully review qualitative research
  6. Write a qualitative research proposal relevant to their practice

The course faculty are experienced in qualitative research, using the approaches in their own practice.

This course is suitable for anyone interested in undertaking qualitative research on the education and training of healthcare students and professionals. The course is a valuable foundation for students undertaking higher degrees.


Debra Nestel, PhD, is Professor of Healthcare Simulation in Education. Debra completed her first degree at Monash and has since lived and worked in Hong Kong, London and now back in Melbourne. Debra leads a national programme in simulation education (www.nhet-sim.edu.au), a network in simulated patient methodology (www.simulatedpatientnetwork.org), and is Editor in Chief of Advances in Simulation (www.advancesinsimulation.com), the journal of the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine. When Debra is not at Monash, she is busy being a Professor of Surgical Education, Department of Surgery, University of Melbourne. In this role she is Course Director of the Graduate Programs in Surgical Education, co-badged degrees with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons. She is also Course Director of a new suite of programs in Surgical Science

Dates: Mon 28th –  Thurs 31st May 2018


Royal Australasian College of Surgeons
College of Surgeons Gardens
250 – 290 Spring Street,
East Melbourne VIC 3002

Cost:$3300 incl. GST

Register here: https://www.monash.edu/medicine/healthed-institute/courses/qualitative-research-in-health-professions-education

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