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FHI 360 staff author textbook on conducting rigorous qualitative research

March 28, 2016

DURHAM, NC — FHI 360 is pleased to announce the publication by Jossey-Bass of the second edition of Qualitative Methods in Public Health: A Field Guide for Applied Research, by Elizabeth E. Tolley, Priscilla R. Ulin, Natasha Mack, Elizabeth T. Robinson and Stacey M. Succop.

Qualitative Methods in Public HealthThis essential text has been written for use both in the field and the classroom to take researchers, practitioners and students through the logic and workflow of qualitative approaches, with step-by-step guidance on every phase of the research.

“This textbook is a a great contribution to the literature in the field of public health around the world. This resource is a demonstration of FHI 360’s thought leadership in research and contributes to the science of improving lives,” said Dr. Timothy Mastro, Director of Global Health, Population and Nutrition at FHI 360. 

Now in its second edition, the book continues to be a valuable tool for students eager to understand how the attitudes and behaviors of individuals, institutions, communities and cultures shape health and development outcomes. According to the foreword, this edition “gives students a solid grounding in the methods of inquiry into the anatomy of a public health problem, teaching them to explore beneath the surface and discover why a problem exists, as well as what the practitioner can do to address the problem.” 

The second edition has several new features, including a more structured discussion of study design; new tools for field logistics, data management and analysis; and increased attention on developing and submitting qualitative manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. Throughout, it provides updated and new examples of research topics and approaches.

FHI 360 plays a leading role in developing educational guidance and resources for public health students, researchers and practitioners. This book represents an accumulation of experience from researchers who have been using these methods in applied public health research in global and domestic settings for many years.