The Qualitative Institute


This comprehensive institute, offered jointly by the University of Pennsylvania and Thomas Jefferson University, is designed to develop skills that are useful in qualitative and mixed methods research. Topics include: data collection approaches, structuring and conducting an interview, selecting an appropriate sample, organizing and facilitating a focus group, managing, coding, and analyzing data, integrating photo elicitation, photo voice, & the participant as a colleague, publishing your work, and use and application of NVivo 12, or comparable, software. This Institute is useful to public health and systems health researchers, clinicians, students, and the broader public health community.

The Qualitative Institute is taught by expert faculty from across the region. 

The next Institute is projected to take place in Summer 2023 and will include two days of lecture and followed by a lab day. 

Course Director

Dr. Rosemary (Rosie) Frasso is program director for the Master of Public Health Program and is Professor of Population Health at JCPH. Her research focuses on the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods in projects designed to improve population health, healthcare quality, access to health services for vulnerable populations and evaluation of educational endeavors in medicine, social work, nursing, allied health, and public health settings. Her expertise in qualitative methods focuses on traditional and alternative data sources and data collection approaches, including, but not limited to, arts informed research, walking interviews, photo-elicitation interviews, freelisting and consensus-deriving group approaches. 

Dr. Frasso earned a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice, as well as two master's degrees from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.