Implementation Science Mini-Course

The past several decades have witnessed remarkable advances in medical science and the discovery of new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic tools that have the capacity to lead to large improvements in global health. However, the translation of research findings into practice has been slow and uneven. As a result, many of the solutions to health problems are not applied, leading to a widening gap between what is known and what is done in practice (what the World Health Organization refers to as the “know-do gap”).  Implementation science has the potential to reduce this gap by applying systematic research and evaluation approaches to identify and address the barriers to effective replication and scale-up of evidence-based interventions in local settings. 

This one-day mini-course, targeting program managers and researchers, is held annually immediately after the annual Principles of HIV/STD Research Course in July, and provides an introduction to the theory, methodology, and application of implementation science for HIV/STD programs in developing countries.  The course is aimed at program managers and researchers involved in STD/HIV programs.  Speakers from diverse backgrounds (including industrial & systems engineering, management sciences, health systems and policy sciences, epidemiology, and biostatistics) will discuss the application of their fields to improve implementation and scale-up of evidence-based programs, and impact national and global policies.

The 2015 course will be held on Friday, July 31 from 9am-5pm in the Health Sciences Building T-747.

If you are interested in attending, please email Brad Wagenaar at

This course builds off of the content and structure of the Operations Research Mini-Course (held between 2006-2012).  Please select below to view the course presentations from previous years:

Course Presentations:  August 2, 2013

Course Presentations:  July 27, 2012

Course Presentations:  July 29, 2011 

Course Presentations:  July 30, 2010

Course Presentations:  July 31, 2009 

Course Presentations:  August 1, 2008

Course Presentations:  July 27, 2007

Course Presentations:  July 28, 2006

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