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Clarence Spigner
HSERV 490
Seattle Campus

Undergraduate Special Topics

Collect and analyze literature related to historical and current public health issues, problems and programs; analyze information and develop written summaries to demonstrate increased knowledge and competencies as applied to public health. Prerequisite: HSERV 480.

Class description

DESCRIPTION: This course is designed for the inexperienced qualitative researcher. It provides a basic introduction to research methods to discern how and the why humans behave relative to health status. Emphasis is on the creation and development of a qualitative research protocol with applications for conducting observations, interviews, analysis of documents and audio-visual data for interpretation of human phenomenon. Five separate assignments are required: (1) description of a qualitative research idea; (2) creation of a conceptual model or theoretical framework; (3) a timeline or research chronology; (4) a research budget; and (5) a Human Subjects’ Application. Students will acquire skills needed for the direct application of qualitative research facilitated by the articulation of a specific health problem, identification of a target population, collection and analysis of appropriate data, and the write-up of a complete research protocol in the form of a Human Subjects Application for the UW Institutional Review Board. There is no mid-term or final.

Student learning goals

1. Analyze the basic fundamentals of qualitative research.

2. Apply a qualitative research approach to a health problem.

3. Categorize the diversity within a target population in order to conduct more accurate health-related research.

4. Classify human behaviors as they relate to health.

5. Define health study variables relative to their application to health programs planning, health education, health program evaluation and health promotion.

6. Demonstrate the applicability of qualitative research to a health issue or health program selected by the student.

General method of instruction

Lecture/Discussion Format

Recommended preparation

HSERV 480 is considerdd to be a prerequisite, but I'm willing to take all students, with or without it.

Class assignments and grading

(1) Description of a qualitative research idea; (2) Creation of a conceptual model or theoretical framework; (3) A timeline or research chronology; (4) A research budget; and (5) a Human Subjects’ Application.

Assignments 1-4 are each worth 10% of overall grade. Assignment 5 is worth 60% of overall grade.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Clarence Spigner
Date: 02/21/2012