University of Wisconsin–Madison

Qualitative & Mixed Method Research Educational Resources

Research Staff Training Course in Qualitative Methods

This course is aimed at master’s-prepared research staff in the health sciences who are currently employed by an ICTR-affiliated PI. Participants work through ICTR-CAP’s 13 module online self-study course (Introduction to Qualitative Research for the Applied Health Sciences) and meet for short lectures and group discussions. Participants complete one practice data collection activity (an interview or an observation) and a developmental assignment in which they write a mini-proposal. Upon completion of the training program, participants will have a basic understanding of qualitative research approaches. They will recognize the kinds of research questions to which these approaches are appropriately applied, be familiar with the main data collection methods used for qualitative work, and developed some familiarity with data analysis. As part of a research team, they will be well positioned to contribute to study design, proposal development, and manuscript preparation. Participants who satisfy all course requirements will receive a certificate of completion. The course is offered once a year, usually in the late winter/early spring. For more information, please contact Nora Jacobson at

Qualitative Research Group

A working group for UW researchers who are actively engaged in collecting and/or analyzing qualitative data. The group meets twice a month for two hours each time. All participants must commit to regular attendance.

For more information, please contact Nora Jacobson at


Consultation is available to researchers in the proposal or project development stage for:

  • Selecting the appropriate qualitative method
  • Knowing when and how to use qualitative methods in a mixed methods study
  • Combining qualitative and quantitative research methods, when appropriate
  • Go to Community Academic Research Consult Form

Self-study Course

This Learn@UW course is geared to the novice qualitative researcher. It includes modules devoted to topics like data collection, data analysis, and critical appraisal and is designed to be cumulative from module to module. However, individuals wishing to find information about a particular topic can dip into single modules as needed. The course serves as a portal to many of ICTR-CAP’s qualitative research resources.
To enroll in the course, contact Nora Jacobson at

Quarterly Workshops and Online Lecture Series

Quarterly workshops are devoted to the basics of qualitative and mixed methods research. Each workshop includes a lecture and an experiential learning exercise. All lectures are video captured and are made available online. Recent topics include:

Other Websites

  • UW School of Education Qualitative Methods Resources –
    A compilation of resources on qualitative methods including academic programs, course offerings, reading lists and links to other web sites. A list of qualitative research course offered at UW-Madison can be viewed here:
  • The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Qualitative Research Guidelines Project –
    A website that will be useful for people developing, evaluating and engaging in qualitative research projects in healthcare settings.
  • Research Methods Knowledge Base –
    Introduction to the idea of qualitative research (and how it is related to quantitative research) and orientation to the major types of qualitative research data, approaches and methods.
  • e-Source: Behavioral & Social Sciences Research –
    An interactive, online course on research methods and tools for researchers engaging in behavioral and social sciences (BSS) research on health-related topics.