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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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Testimonials

Dr. Watkins was extremely engaging and responsive; the course felt very personal, even on an online platform. The materials were all very helpful and easy to understand. I know that they will continue to be valuable as I think through designing a mixed methods study.

- Postdoctoral Research Fellow

The course is well designed and structured in a way that is easy for participants to follow. The first week is similar to an overview of social research, which is very helpful and sets the foundation for learning about mixed methods. The course was easy to navigate (find videos/materials/links, etc.) via Canvas and the content was very rich. The instructor was very knowledgeable, an expert on the topic. Her teaching style was engaging and her personality, delivery of the content was refreshing.

- Assistant Professor

I loved the organization of the class. It made it very easy to understand learning goals, prepare and do the readings, and participate fully in the learning. Dr. Watkins was really a pleasure to learn from--she was engaging and clear and I liked the way she integrated students' questions into the course in a way that gave great real life examples. I also LOVED meeting all the other students and talking to them in the small groups. I thought it was especially cool to see the wide range of education and experience and fields.

- Doctoral Student and Fellow in Educational Leadership, Part Time Lecturer

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