Course Goals

  • Understand mixed methods research
  • Appreciate the strengths and limitations of qualitative and quantitative data
  • Understand the intent, procedures, advantages, and challenges of three basic mixed methods designs
  • Learn the three basic mixed methods designs

Introduction to Designing & Conducting Mixed Methods Research, a collaboration between Postgraduate Education and the Community Engagement program, is an online, eight-week course that offers an introduction to mixed methods research in the health sciences. Participants will learn how qualitative and quantitative data can be integrated to capture the perspectives of patients, providers, communities, or healthcare organizations in order to answer complex research questions. The course will also cover formulating research questions, collecting and analyzing different types of data, choosing the appropriate mixed methods designs, and interpreting mixed method research results.

Please note that there is a recommended textbook (retail $25) that course participants are responsible for purchasing, A Concise Introduction to Mixed Methods Research.

Session dates

August 4 – September 29, 2021

Time commitment

Online course work and assignments averaging two to three hours per week

Application due

July 21, 2021 at 5:00pm ET


Researchers who may want to apply a mixed methods-approach to their work


MD, PhD, DMD, ScD, DNP, or master’s degree, with prior knowledge of quantitative methodologies (priority will be given to fellows and junior faculty)


The Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate Education program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Catalyst Postgraduate Education program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.