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Academic writing for qualitative health

Aim and content:
This course facilitates the writing up of qualitative health research for publication.
By exploring the characteristics of different forms of academic writing based on qualitative health research, you will
learn how to communicate your research clearly, accurately and concisely. We will
• examine key aspects of writing up qualitative research, such as: the structure of different academic articles
and monographs based on qualitative data; the content and structure of e.g. abstracts, introduction,
methods and discussion sections, as well as whole texts
• reflect on and practice how to construct effective paragraphs and clear sentences
• discuss how to avoid ’plagiarism by mistake’
• consider and practice strategies of ’getting going’ and ’keeping going’ with different writing tasks
• identify journals suitable for planned articles and examine ’guidelines for authors’
• look at how to ’read’ and respond to comments and feedback from peers, supervisors and reviewers
• share practical tips on how to edit and revise work in progress

Hands-on writing tasks and peer/individual feedback will enable you to work with your own piece of qualitative

At the end of the course, participants will have progressed one piece of their own writing, be able to structure articles
(or a monograph) based on qualitative data, and understand the principles of clear and effective academic writing for

Before the course:
Submit one draft article or one draft monograph chapter, together with the monograph outline, two weeks before the

Lectures, discussions, group work, writing exercises and work on individual article/chapter

Literature will be distributed by Blackboard, the platform for e-learning at University of Southern Denmark.
Participants will be informed via email when e-learning can be accessed.

Course director:
Nina Nissen, senior researcher, REHPA – Danish Knowledge Centre for Rehabilitation and Palliative Care 

Max 16 participants.

PhD candidates who are in the process of writing articles or a monograph based on qualitative data (interviews, focus
groups, participant-observation, literature studies); other academics in the process of writing qualitative research
based outputs are also welcome.

Course language:

ECTS credits: 2

Course fee:
The course is free of charge for PhD students enrolled in Universities that have joined the "Open market agreement".
as well as employees at the Faculty of Health sciences at the University of Southern Denmark.
For other participants there is a course fee of DKK 5437,-

Last Updated 14.08.2019