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.

For each course, all materials (lecture slides, lecture videos, reading assignments, and homework assignments) will be accessed via the course website maintained with the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). Peer and instructor feedback on homework assignments will occur through an Online Forum.


Upon completion of the Online Certificate Program, scholars will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate health interventions to translate into practice. This will be achieved by identifying interventions that have sufficient evidence of effectiveness and/or are recommended by relevant societies or organizations, and that are important to stakeholders in the target implementation setting.
  • Design effective and sustainable implementation strategies. This will be achieved by identifying community, patient, clinician and organizational factors that serve as barriers and facilitators to translating research results into everyday practices, policies and—ultimately—improved health.
  • Design comprehensive evaluations of intervention implementation strategies. This will be achieved by applying principles and methods of process and outcome evaluation, and by identifying the appropriate qualitative and quantitative measures to characterize intervention implementation and impact.
  • Develop fundable implementation science grant proposals. This will be achieved by making a compelling case for translation of your selected health-related intervention into practice, policy or public health and integrating conceptual frameworks into the design and/or evaluation of your implementation strategy.


The Online Certificate Program is ideal for scholars who are actively involved in implementing a health intervention or quality improvement program. Although not required, prior training in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods will enable scholars to best take advantage of the curriculum.

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Courses and Enrollment

Fall (September–December)

Winter (January-March)

Spring (April–June)

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Course Requirements

All courses have minimum requirements related to turning in assignments and providing peer feedback on assignments. Students who meet the minimum requirements will receive a course completion certificate within four weeks of the end of the course. Students who are unable to meet the minimum requirements can continue to audit a course (ii.e., have access to course materials) but will not receive instructor feedback and will not receive a course completion certificate

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The fee for each course is $1500 for individuals affiliated with the University of California (see below) and $2000 for individuals not already affiliated with the University of California. Fees will be waived for the 6th course taken to complete the Certificate Program.

Fees for each course must be received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course. If course fees are not received at least 10 working days prior to the start of the course, access to the course will be denied and space in the course will be offered to students on the course wait-list. Students who are unable to attend a course after having paid the fees must provide a written request for their refund (less 25% administrative charges) within 10 working days of the start of the course. Implementation Science program and course leaders regret that requests received after this date cannot be considered.

Fees do not include books, supplies, or software. Fees will be waived for students currently enrolled in UCSF TICR programs (Master’s in Clinical Research or PhD in Epidemiology) who wish to participate in Online rather than In-person courses.

UC Affiliation: Concurrent enrollment in a UC -sponsored residency or post-doctoral fellowship program that is recognized by the UCSF Office of Graduate Medical Education; or a registered student in one of the UC professional schools or graduate programs (other than UCSF TICR); or individuals who hold full-time salaried UC faculty, academic or staff positions. Individuals will be asked to provide proof of UC status.

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