Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care



We provide qualitative teaching across UCL including:

  • A two day dedicated qualitative course for ICH Paediatrics and Child Health (iBSc, MSc, PhD and staff) including an introduction to qualitative methods, interviewing, analysis and appraising and writing qualitative research.
  • Qualitative interviewing session for iBSc Primary Care students – a day long session covering an introduction to interviewing, key skills and a practical session.
  • Qualitative Methods for Clinical and Public Health module – this forms part of two MSc programmes at the Division of Medicine (Clinical and Public Health Nutrition; Eating Disorders and Clinical Nutrition).
  • Module on BSc on Social Theory for 2nd year BSc Population Health Students
  • Module on qualitative research for 2nd year BSc Population Health Students
  • Session on qualitative research methods for 1st year BSc Population Health Students as part of a module on Research Methods

We also engage in qualitative teaching activities and workshops outside of UCL including:

  • Teaching qualitative interviewing and analysis to lay researchers in a retirement village.
  • Workshops / conference sessions on publishing qualitative research in medical journals
  • Training in research methods (including qualitative methods) to patient and public representatives
  • How to develop a research question and sources of funding to health care professionals on behalf of the NIHR Research Design Service.

Many of our staff are accredited by the Higher Education Academy in recognition of our dedication and expertise in higher education teaching:

  • Associate Fellowships (Rachael Frost)
  • Fellowships (Jamie Ross, Lorraine McDonagh)
  • Senior Fellowships (Fiona Stevenson)

PhD Students

We currently supervise the following PhD students who are undertaking qualitative research in their doctorates.

Ceri Butler

Title: the integration of refugee healthcare professionals in the NHS: the experience of GP trainees in London

This research aims to look at those doctors that have been successful in obtaining posts on the Refugee Doctor GPVTS to investigate their views and experiences of the training scheme and the ways in which it has enabled them to make the transition to employment within the NHS. Central to this research are the concepts of integration and identity and processes of professional and cultural adaptation both within the medical profession and larger societal groups.  These are heavily driven by perceptions and affected by the motivations and experiences doctors have had in their pathway to practice in the UK. Drawing on data collected through this, and other commissioned evaluations undertaken by the researcher, this project: 1. Explores how identity (migration, ethnicity, national origin) impact on the integration of refugee doctors in the NHS 2. Investigates the multiple dimensions of experience and motivations – as refugee, as learner, as professional 3. Explores workforce policy and how this may be enhanced to better facilitate the integration of refugee doctors in the NHS.

Elizabeth Dworan

Title: Homeophobia:   The politics of evidence, the millennial attack on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the path towards an integrative medical approach.

Elizabeth is examining the politics surrounding the use of complementary and alternative medicines with a specific focus on herbal medicines

Kanthee Anantapong

Title: Developing decision aid at end of life care for family carers of people with dementia in acute hospital setting. 

In his PhD Kanthee is exploring the decision making process in acute hospitals around nutrition and hydration for those with dementia at the end of life. He will develop a decision aid to support those involved in the decision making process.

Maria Long

Title: Social functioning in schizophrenia and related conditions.

In her PhD Maria is exploring the concept of social functioning from different perspectives, analysing predictors of social functioning in schizophrenia/psychosis and investigating interventions that have improved social functioning.

Noura Alomair

Title: Sexual and reproductive health of women in Saudi Arabia: needs, perceptions and experiences.

In her PhD Noura is exploring the sexual and reproductive health needs, perceptions and experiences of women in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; and aims to provide recommendations for future sexual and reproductive health programs.

Nur Faraheen Abdul Rahman

Title: How is clinical reasoning and decision-making taught within the primary care setting.

During her PhD Nur will explore How do family physician teachers make clinical reasoning explicit during clinical placements and enable students to learn and engage in clinical reasoning? How can users (patients and public) contribute to production of recommendations for practice?

Remco Tuijt 

Title: HEARD: Exploring health care experiences and attitudes regarding people with dementia, carers and health care professionals.

In his PhD Remco is using longitudinal qualitative interviews to explore narratives of post-diagnostic dementia care from the perspective of the person with dementia, caregiver and providers, in order to contrast these and formulate future recommendations for post-diagnostic care.

Serena Luchenski

Title: Optimising hospital care for homeless patients: a mixed methods study.

Serena’s PhD aims to provide evidence and tools to increase access to preventive services for people who are homeless. It is a mixed-methods study is comprised of parallel quantitative and qualitative work that will inform development of a prevention toolkit for NHS hospitals.

Sethu Sundari

Title: A qualitative comparative study to identify the common and unique characteristics of decision- making (DM) abilities and processes between novice nurses and experienced nurses in clinical practice

Sethu is completing an EdD, she is currently in the first year of the taught element of this programme and shaping her research project.

Sheren Batayneh

Title: Developing a dietary intervention for people with type 2 diabetes mellitus in Jordan.

Sheren is examining (i) the effectiveness of lifestyle intervention on glycaemic control for type 2 diabetes mellitus (ii) ways of addressing the facilitators and barriers for patients to take part in a dietary intervention for type 2 diabetes mellitus

Suzan Hassan

Title: Exploring factors that contribute to health behaviours in people with severe mental illness to reduce risk of cardiovascular disease: A mixed-methods approach.

In her PhD Suzan is exploring 1. Quantitative predictors of long-term lifestyle outcomes and changes and 2. The barriers and facilitators of supporting lifestyle changes in existing models of care for people with SMI using qualitative interviews.

Tyrone Curtis

Title: "An investigation of the sociodemographic characteristics, sexual behaviour, sexual and wider health, and health needs of men who have sex with men (MSM) who identify as heterosexual using data from probability and convenience sample surveys from around the world."

The aim of his PhD is to explore the sexual behaviour and sexual health of heterosexual-identifying men who have sex with men, to better understand their sexual health needs, and determine how these can inform campaigns and interventions aimed at improving their sexual health.

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