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What is Implementation Science?
Health care providers and the public are increasingly aware that promising research results do not easily translate into improved health. The science of implementation and dissemination is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that aims to improve the relevance and uptake of research-based knowledge in real-world settings. A guiding principle is that knowledge and materials produced by health research should actually lead to improved individual, community and population health by:
- reaching the people for whom they are intended;
- being adapted to local circumstances; and
- being implemented effectively, safely, equitably, and in a timely and patient-centered manner.
Implementation scientists draw on a range of theories and methods to determine which factors promote or impede the adoption, adaptation, and maintenance of specific health-related interventions by individuals, health providers, insurers, policy makers, and communities. Direct engagement with the institutions and communities where health interventions are introduced is a key element of implementation science research.
Implementation Science Mini-Course
This self-directed, online mini-course provides a brief introduction to the field of implementation science through short video lectures, readings and case studies. Scholars with further interest in the topic are encouraged to review the sections below which describe in-person and online courses offered through the UCSF Implementation Science Program. The courses provide in-depth training in implementation science methods, with an emphasis on applied learning. Learn more.
Online Courses and Certificate Program in Implementation Science
The Online Certificate Program is a part-time program consisting of a series of six online courses focused on theories and methods relevant to the design of strategies to facilitate uptake of health-related interventions. Scholars can choose to take individual courses instead of completing all six courses required for the Certificate. The Online Courses and Certificate program are designed for people from a broad range of professional settings who are currently engaged in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies to promote and improve health and health care quality, including clinical and public health researchers, quality improvement officers, community-based clinic staff, public health and public policy practitioners, and clinicians. We welcome trainees who work in clinical and public health settings outside the U.S. UCSF students who sign up for the online certificate program will have the option of participating in in-person small group sessions. Learn more and apply.
Master's Degree Program in Clinical Research, Implementation Science Track
A rigorous, two-year course of study intended for advanced pre-doctoral fellows, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members who wish to master clinical research methods and pursue independent research careers. Implementation science track scholars take most of the same -courses as those required for the standard masters program, in addition to a series of implementation-specific electives. Complete program information and application.
Get Expert Advice—Consultation Services for Implementation Research and Interventions
CTSI offers Consultation Services for implementation projects, including study design, implementation, evaluation, dissemination, qualitative and mixed methods, behavior change interventions, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Learn more and request a consultation.
Implementation Science Resources at UCSF and Beyond
- UCSF Profiles: Search for UCSF researchers working in Implementation Science
- Center for AIDS Prevention Studies
- Center for Health and Community
- Center for Vulnerable Populations
- Department of Family & Community Medicine
- Division of General Internal Medicine (Parnassus, San Francisco General)
- Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center
- Institute for Health and Aging
- Institute for Health Policy Studies
- Institute for Global Health Sciences
- Center for Aging in Diverse Communities
- San Francisco General Hospital Implementation Sciences Working Group
- Global Research’s Infectious Disease Implementation Science Group
- UCSF Center for Healthcare Value
- UCSF K Proposal Library
- Work with Large Datasets (guidance from the Comparative Effectiveness Large Dataset Analysis Core)
- NIH Resources on Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (DIRH)
- Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Knowledge Translation in Health Care: Evidence to Practice
- WHO's Implementation Research Platform
- NIH’s New and Early Stage Investigator Policies
- UNC Chapel Hill's North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Institute: Implementation Science Exchange
- UNC Chapel Hill's Active Implementation Hub
- NIH Fogarty International Center's Implementation Science resource site
- WHO/UNICEF et al's Training in Tropical Diseases site