2018 Winter Institute on Qualitative Research Methods

Course Director: Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH


  • January 10-11: Lectures
  • January 12: NVivo Lab 

Location: The lectures will be held at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia) and the lab will be held at Thomas Jefferson University


  • Full Institute: $850
  • Full Institute (Student/Trainee): $455
  • Full Institute (Group Rate for 10+): $450 per person
  • Lectures Only: $450
  • Lectures Only (Student/Trainee): $255
  • Lectures Only (Group Rate for 10+): $250 per person

Please contact Graceann Palmarella (gpalm@upenn.edu) if you are interested in the group rate.

This comprehensive institute is designed to develop skills that are useful in qualitative and mixed methods research, including:

  • Philosophical and Theoretical Foundations
  • Common and alternative data collection approaches
  • Structuring and conducting an interview
  • Organizing and facilitating a focus group
  • Ethical challenges and navigating the IRB 
  • Ethnography and observation 
  • Managing, coding, and analyzing data
  • Recruiting an engaging participant
  • Writing findings and publishing your work
  • Use and application of NVivo software

More Information

  • Registration— we are SOLD OUT
  • Agenda

Expert Course Instructors:

Rosemary Frasso, PhD, MSc, CPH

Dr. Frasso is the Course Director for the Winter Institute on Qualitative Research Methods, a training program sponsored by the Center for Public Health Initiative at University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson's College of Population Health. She is an Associate Professor and the Director Public Health  at the Thomas Jefferson College of Population Health. Her research interests include qualitative methods, improving access to physical and mental health services for vulnerable populations, maternal child health, health disparities, health equity and health literacy.

Dorene Balmer, PhD

Dr. Dorene Balmer is the Director of Research on Pediatric Education at The Children’s Hospital Philadelphia, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania, and Associate Fellow in the Center for Public Health Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Balmer integrates theory from the social sciences into qualitative research on implicit learning/implicit curricula, professional identity construction, and complex learning contexts.

Fran Barg PhD, MEd

Dr. Barg is an Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Medicine and an Assistant Professor in Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology. Her research focuses on the use of mixed methods research as it applies to understanding the uneven distribution of risk and disease among ethnic groups.

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW

Melissa Dichter, PhD, MSW, is a Research Health Scientist at the Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion (CHERP) at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Her research primarily focuses on women’s experiences with intimate partner violence (IPV) and intersections with the healthcare, social service, and criminal legal systems.

Joel Fein, MD, MPH

Dr. Fein is a Professor of Pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. His research focuses on emergency department-based violence prevention, emergency department mental health evaluation, and procedural pain management.

Shimrit Keddem, MS

Shimrit Keddem is the Director of Operations at the Center for Evaluation of PACT (CEPACT) in Philadelphia which focuses on improving patient-centered care and reducing racial disparities in patient-centered care at the Veteran Health Administration (VHA).

Amy Leader, DrPH, MPH

Dr. Amy Leader is an Associate Professor in the Division of Population Science, Department of Medical Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she also teaches behavioral science and qualitative research courses in the MPH program at the Jefferson College of Population Health.

Dominique Ruggieri, PhD

Dr. Ruggieri is core faculty for the Master of Public Health program at Penn. Her research and consulting work have been applied to numerous health areas, such as type 2 diabetes, smoking cessation, colorectal cancer, risk communication, and pediatric obesity.


*NVivo Training:

A one day-long training session using NVivo software will be offered. Training sessions are taught by Shimrit Keddem, MS, the Associate Director of Operations at the Department of Veteran's Affairs at the University of Pennsylvania. She has participated in research on various health and social issues including access to prenatal care, cancer services, Alzheimer's disease, and injury prevention.

Please note that attendance for the NVivo training is limited by the number of computers available. Registration is first come first serve.

The Winter Institute is co-sponsored by The Center for Public Health Initiatives at Penn and Thomas Jefferson University.