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. During the course, formerly known as Introduction to Mixed Methods Research, 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

January 17 – March 13, 2024

Time commitment

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


Clinical professionals who may want to apply a mixed methods-approach to their work.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


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


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Accreditation Statement

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.