About ‘The Essentials of Qualitative Research (EQR)’ Course Series
This Essentials of Qualitative Research (EQR) course series is a coordinated and integrated sequence of graduate courses in research methodology, including importantly and distinctively, advanced level and specialty courses. The courses are selected and designed to reflect CQ’s methodological orientation and standards. The courses are offered by Dalla Lana School of Public Health (DLSPH), Social and Behavioural Sciences division and CQ’s five contributing partner departments- Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing; Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work; Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education; Rehabilitation Sciences Institute; and Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy. The EQR courses reserve space for students from graduate departments that are contributing partners of CQ.
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. CQ also recommends several preparatory social theory courses that may help students’ learning before taking courses in the series on method. The EQR curriculum can be viewed here. The current EQR course schedule can be viewed here.
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.