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Online Certificate Program in Mixed Methods Research

The Certificate in Mixed Methods Research (MMR) is designed for researchers and practitioners in social work, nursing, psychology, public health, anthropology, political science, sociology, education, and other applied fields who are interested in:

  • ways to integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods and data
  • commonly used qualitative and quantitative data collection methods and procedures
  • popular data analysis techniques used in the applied professions
  • effective approaches to research conducted in practice settings

Participants will learn how to understand and appreciate a scientific approach in building practice knowledge. Special emphasis will be placed on increasing each participant's ability to critique theoretical foundations of research, form qualitative and quantitative research questions, create study designs that answer mixed methods research questions, and integrate qualitative and quantitative datasets for analysis and interpretation. The latest conceptual, graphical, and data display technologies will be used.

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Upon completion of the certificate program, participants will know how to:

  1. Identify the value and ethical considerations of sound mixed methods research in social work and other applied professions;
  2. Apply appropriate mixed methods research designs and methodologies that affect marginalized populations at risk [e.g., age, class, culture, ethnicity, family structure, gender (including gender identity/gender expression), marital status, national origin, race, religion or spirituality, sex, and sexual orientation]; and
  3. Critically evaluate the design, methodology, and findings from peer-reviewed mixed methods research in journals from social work and other applied professions.


This class will help refresh seasoned researchers as well as provide general and digestible strategies to inexperienced researchers.

- Anthony Peterson, Evaluator and Consultant

Takes a step-by-step approach to MMR beginning with theory, design, on through data collection, analysis, and write-up... most with excellent use of examples and taking advantage of the great depth and breadth of experience offered by this highly competent instructor.

- Andrea Allen, International Development Practitioner

Dr. Watkins was very well prepared. Her lecture materials were very rich with lots to absorb for now and later. Many faculty are seeking this knowledge and there are few courses in social work to meet this need. Was glad to see it offered!

- Deborah Gioia, Associate Professor, University of Maryland, School of Social Work

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