Advanced Methodology ILA in Global Health


Course Objective

The student will obtain in-depth knowledge and insights into:
- Theory on transdisciplinary research
- Different methodologies for transdisciplinary research
- When to use a transdisciplinary research approach (persistent or
complex problems/many actors involved), also in comparison with other
research methodologies
- Evaluation of transdisciplinary research (using quality criteria)
The student will learn to:
- Design a transdisciplinary research plan
- Independently select and combine research methods and techniques
for transdisciplinary research, for example methods to analyse complex
or persistent problems from different actor perspectives
- Apply advanced methods and techniques for the facilitation of
group processes for the achievement of knowledge integration (learning):
for example, focus group discussions
- Formulate recommendations for further transdisciplinary research
that may contribute to the solution of Global Health issues

Course Content

Global health issues are often very complex. They can be rooted in deep
organisational, political and social issues that involve many different
actors, all with their own perspectives. For this reason, global health
problems are often called ‘wicked’ or ‘persistent’ problems.
Increasingly, the field of global health research is recognising the
importance of defining these problems through the eyes of all actors
involved. This implies that multiple approaches, fields of science and
frames of reference are integrated to build specific, practical,
experiential and scientific knowledge about the problem with those
directly confronted with the problem. An interdisciplinary research
approach, that aims for integrated knowledge generation is essential to
do justice to the multifaceted nature of global health problems.
Moreover, transdisciplinary research is distinct from mono-, multi- and
interdisciplinary research. It integrates knowledge from different
scientific actors with the experiential knowledge of societal actors
(e.g. patients, health professionals, NGOs, government, industry, and
international organisations), jointly involving scientists and societal
actors in defining problems and identifying and implementing
interventions through mutual learning and co- creation. Among the
challenges, transdisciplinary researchers must integrate various
different knowledge cultures, incorporate actors needs and feedback, all
while ensuring a safe and open venue for mutual learning and
In this course, students will be exposed to, and will practice key
skills within the design and implementation of inter- and
transdisciplinary research. They will acquire a grounded understanding
of epistemic cultures and how knowledge value systems can challenge
mutual learning. A case study format is applied to redesign a mono- or
multidisciplinary research project into a transdisciplinary research
project. This will ensure practical exposure to stakeholder analysis,
critical stakeholder feedback, and careful stakeholder communication
skills before participants design and conduct their own research in the
remainder of their Masters program.

Teaching Methods

Lectures (H - 30 hr), working groups (W - 35 hr), group work (Pro - 65
hr), self study
(30 hr). Attendance at working groups is compulsory.

Method of Assessment

Assessment of the course is made up of the following parts:
Take home exam (40%) (individual)
Case study (report + presentation) (30%) (group)
Design of focus group discussions (20%) (group)
Facilitation of focus group discussions (5% individual + 5% group)
All parts have to be concluded with at least a pass grade (6).


Reader with selected scientific articles (to be announced on Canvas
at least a month in advance).

Target Audience

Mandatory course for Global Health students

General Information

Course Code AM_1044
Credits 6 EC
Period P1
Course Level 600
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Science
Course Coordinator dr. B.J. Regeer
Examiner dr. B.J. Regeer
Teaching Staff dr. B.J. Regeer
drs. D.H.J. Lynch

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Seminar, Lecture
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