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Implementation Science Track

Implementation science has recently emerged as a novel interdisciplinary field for developing and applying methods and strategies to improve the delivery of proven health interventions in routine clinical and public health practice. Implementation science employs a diverse set of tools to produce generalizable knowledge about intervention delivery to make public health programs more effective, efficient, and equitable. The coursework of the Implementation Science Track complements the training offered in all departments and at all levels at the School of Public Health, allowing trainees to acquire core competencies in the four areas described in detail below. This track prepares graduates for high-impact careers in implementation research and practice, areas with rapidly growing demand in the US and globally.

Teaching implementation science aligns well with the School of Public Health’s mission to bridge research, learning, and practice. The proposed curriculum builds on the master’s in Public Health core curriculum, which introduces foundational concepts for the Implementation Science Track, including Biostatistics in Public Health (EPH 505), Social Justice and Health Equity (EPH 507), Foundations of Epidemiology for Public Health (EPH 508), Health Policy and Health Care Systems (EPH 510), and MajorHealth Threats (EPH 513). The track also capitalizes on the implementation science expertise at the Center for Methods in Implementation Science (CMIPS) and in other parts of the school by integrating existing courses as electives.

Requirements

2024-25 Matriculation
  1. Fulfillment of all degree and departmental requirements
  2. Successful completion of at least five and a half courses within the distribution requirements below. Courses taken for credit in the track may include classes required for the degree or by the student’s home academic department
  3. Completion of a thesis incorporating implementation science (optional but encouraged)

Course Requirements (1.5 Course units)

  • EMD 533 Implementation Science - 1 unit
  • CDE 553 Implementation Science to Address Chronic Diseases: Global Health Case Studies - 0.5 unit

Elective Courses (4 course units)

At least one course in the quantitative methods cluster

  • BIS 628 Longitudinal and Multilevel Data Analysis - 1 unit
  • BIS 630 Applied Survival Analysis - 1 unit
  • CDE 516 Principles of Epidemiology II - 1 unit
  • CDE 566 Causal Inference Methods in Public Health Research 1 unit
  • CDE 582 Health Outcomes Research: Matching the Right Research Question to the Right Data - 1 unit
  • EMD 582 Political Epidemiology - 1 unit
  • S&DS 563 Multivariate Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences - 1 unit

At least one course in the qualitative and mixed methods cluster

  • SBS 574 Developing a Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Intervention - 1 unit
  • SBS 580 Qualitative Research Methods in Public Health - 1 unit
  • SBS 593 Community-Based Participatory Research in Public Health - 1 unit

At least one course in the evidence synthesis, program evaluation, and economic evaluation cluster

  • CDE 650 Introduction to Evidence-Based Medicine and Health Care - 1 unit
  • EPH 557 Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Global Health - 1 unit
  • HPM 570 Cost-Effectiveness Analysis and Decision-Making - 1 unit
  • HPM 575 Evaluation of Global Health Policies and Programs - 1 unit
  • HPM 583 Methods in Health Services Research - 1 unit

Competencies

Implementation Science Methods Competencies

  1. Define implementation science;
  2. Explain the principal methodological approaches used in the field to promote the uptake and sustained, high-quality delivery of proven health interventions in routine practice;
  3. Use implementation science to develop and critique an implementation science project proposal or manuscript;
  4. Discuss key evidence-based interventions for noncommunicable disease prevention, screening, and treatment and the barriers and facilitators to their uptake, implementation, and sustainability.

Quantitative Methods Competencies

  1. Apply and critically assess the use of quantitative methods to estimate the impact of health interventions, implementation strategies, and policies;
  2. Recognize mechanisms and contextual factors that mediate and moderate the impact of health interventions, implementation strategies, and policies.

Qualitative & Mixed Methods Competencies

  1. Use qualitative and mixed methods to plan or evaluate an implementation science problem or question;
  2. Critically assess the use of qualitative and mixed methods to elicit the experiences and perspectives of shareholders participating in planning, delivering, and receiving health interventions, implementation strategies, and policies.

Evidence Synthesis, Program Evaluation, & Economic Evaluation Competencies

  1. Apply methods from evidence synthesis, program evaluation, and economic evaluation for planning, evaluating, and disseminating health interventions,implementation strategies, and policies;
  2. Critically assess evidence synthesis, program evaluation, and economic evaluation for planning, evaluating, and disseminating health interventions, implementation strategies, and policies.