Implementation Science

Course Description

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 significant 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.

Fundamentals of Implementation Science in Global Health is a one week intensive course that provides course participants with an introduction to the emerging field of implementation research by outlining a framework of methods that are applied to improving implementation (including applied engineering, management tools, health systems, and policy research), and using experiential case studies from global health leaders. The course also addresses barriers to effective replication and scale-up in local settings.

The course is comprised of a variety of didactic formats, including interactive lectures and teaching sessions, case studies, and group discussion to apply methodological skills in practice.

Over the course of the week, you will be presented with implementation science methodologies and select case studies. The first defines the conceptual framework and appropriate methodologies for implementation science. The case studies will expose you to global health experts that apply the conceptual framework to public health problems of global health importance, focusing on practical successes and failures in implementation 10-20 years post innovation.

See last year’s course schedule for 2018 here. This year there will not be an optional second week.