Implementation Science Mini-Course

The past several decades have borne remarkable advances in medical science and the discovery of new medicines, vaccines, and diagnostic tools that have the potential to lead to large improvements in global health. However, the translation of research findings into practice is often slow and inconsistent. As a result, many scientific advances are not disseminated, leading to a widening gap between scientific knowledge and public health practice (what the World Health Organization refers to as the “know-do gap”).  Implementation science has the potential to bridge this gap by applying systematic research and evaluation methods to identify and address 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 following the annual Principles of HIV/STD Research Course, and provides an introduction to the theory, methodology, and application of implementation science for HIV/STD programs in developing countries.  Speakers from diverse backgrounds (including industrial & systems engineering, qualitative research, 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.

The 2018 Implementation Science Mini-Course will be held on Friday, August 3rd from 9am-5pm in the Health Sciences Building.

If you are interested in attending, please register here. If you have any questions, please email Arianna Rubin Means at

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