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Research Methods for Public Health

Title: Comparing and Contrasting Qualitative and Quantitative Methods and Applying Qualitative Methods to Public Health Research Questions

There are two parts to this week’s discussion:
Part 1: Discuss: Compare and contrast qualitative and quantitative methods and discuss what are the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. What major research questions can each approach address? How does mixed methods approach bridge the gaps and when is it appropriate?
Part 2:
Choose one of the research questions below and provide detailed methods on how you would collect data to answer the question:
What are the attitudes of elderly people with stroke towards the daily use of assistive devices and technologies?
What role does the physician’s (choose a specific group of physicians) spirituality play in the treatment of his or her patients?
How do African-Americans experience seeking mental health help?
How does a good everyday life come about when living with a chronic condition (choose one condition)?
What strategies are being used by industry (choose an industry) that have effective and viable workplace wellness programs?
Write qualitative methods for data collection that can answer one of the following public health research questions.  Describe the Who, What, How, Why, and When of your data collection process. You must include how you will identify the sample population and what method you will use for sample selection. Detail which type of qualitative methods you will employ (phenomenon, grounded theory, ethnographic, case study, narrative) and provide examples of information you will collect. Provide example questions including main questions, follow up and probing. 
ATTACHED:
Review Chapters 3 and 4 in “Qualitative Methods in Public Health: A Field Guide for Applied Research.” (found in week 4 readings). 

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Research Methods for Public Health

Title: Understanding the Differences between Observational and Experimental Study Designs Observational and experimental study designs are two commonly used methods in research to investigate various phenomena. Both have their own strengths and weaknesses, and it is essential to understand their differences to determine

Discuss observational study designs and how they differ from experimental study designs
. What type of research questions should each study design be used to answer?
Please use attached document for one of the resources as well.