Type of Continuing Education

  • CHES: 1.5
  • MCHES: 1.5

About this Activity

Self-paced, archived version of a live webinar
This ACHA webinar was presented live on April 29, 2013. If you received continuing education credit for the live webinar, you are not eligible for additional credit.

Important Dates

Released: April 29, 2013
Expires: December 31, 2017

Focus Groups in Health Education Practice: An Introduction

Fees Instructions for Obtaining Credit

Program Information


The goal of this webinar is to provide resources and an introduction to qualitative inquiry methods, specifically focus groups. This presentation provides participants with an overview that includes: 1) a brief history of the various traditions of qualitative inquiry; 2) a discussion of the characteristics of rigor expected from qualitative research methods; 3) a comprehensive, yet concise description of the step-by-step process necessary for planning, implementing, evaluating, and communicating the findings of focus group research; 4) strategies for analyzing qualitative data. Some elements of the author's research will be included as examples. Participants will be provided pre-readings and other supplemental materials useful for further self-study of qualitative methods and focus groups.

Intended Audience

  • Health Educators

Learning Objectives

The participants should be able to:

  1. Identify situations in which focus groups would be an appropriate form of data collection.
  2. List best practices associated with the planning and implementation of focus groups.
  3. Discuss strategies for analyzing focus group data in order to answer a research question and/or make recommendations for practice.


Ric Underhile, PhD
Grand Rapids Community College

Program Planning Committee

Resolution of Potential Conflicts of Interest — Program Planning Committee:
Program Planning Committee members have completed conflict of interest statements regarding relationships with commercial entities. Each of the Program Planning Committee members have reported no relevant financial conflicts of interest.

Alyssa Lederer, MPH, CHES
Indiana University School of Public Health

Kathy Saichuk, MA, MCHES
Louisiana State University

Kelley Shell, MPH, MID
Carnegie Mellon University


There is no fee for viewing the webinar.

There is a fee for each individual requesting continuing education credit. This is payable to ACHA and is required prior to receiving your CE certificate. This fee is non-refundable.

ACHA individual members at member institutions: FREE
ACHA individual members at a non-member institution: $15
Nonmembers: $25

Instructions for Obtaining Credit

It is estimated that it will require 1.5 hours to view the download of this program and complete the post-test and evaluation. (You will be asked to identify the type of credit you are requesting when you take the post-test.)

Step 1: View the recorded webinar. You may also view the webinar presentation material in PowerPoint [ppt] format or in Adobe Acrobat [pdf] format (please note that these are large files and may take a few minutes to download).

Step 2: Complete the Post-test and Evaluation Form. Print a copy of the completed PDF form and fax to (410) 859-1510. Users of Adobe Reader 8 and above should be able to save the PDF form locally, however it is recommended to print a copy of the form before closing the file. If you are able to save the form, please submit it via email, rather than fax, to sainsworth@acha.org.

Step 3: Purchase CE creditException: ACHA individual members at member institutions receive free credit, so may skip this step. 

Statements and Disclosures


  • Sponsored by ACHA, a designated provider of continuing education content hours (CECH) in health education by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing, Inc. This program is designed for Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) and/or Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES) to receive up to 1.5 total Category 1 continuing education contact hour. Maximum advanced-level contact hours available are 1.5.

Policy on Continuing Education Post-Tests

It is the policy of the American College Health Association that when a post-test is required upon completion of a continuing education activity, participants must receive a passing grade of 80%. If participants receive a grade lower than 80%, they will be given the opportunity to re-take the post-test one time. If they receive 80% or higher the second time, they will be awarded continuing education credits/contact hours for the activity. We encourage participants to complete the post-test and evaluation form immediately after viewing the download. Those with a passing grade of 80% on the post-test will receive their CE certificate electronically within two weeks.

Disclosure Information

It is the policy of the American College Health Association (ACHA) to ensure balance, independence, objectivity, and scientific rigor in all its individually sponsored or joint-sponsored educational programs. All faculty participating in any ACHA sponsored program are expected to disclose to the participants any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest (consultancies, honoraria, research grants, speaker’s bureaus, etc.) that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of the educational program. We therefore obtain a completed disclosure and attestation form to inform the participant of any pertinent relationships disclosed, provided here:

Disclosures (including discussion of off-label uses of drugs):

    • Ric Underhile, PhD, has nothing to disclose.