Implementation Science


The course is built around two didactic approaches:

  • The first defines a conceptual framework for implementation science, including an introduction to relevant methods and their application to improve implementation (including applied systems engineering, management tools, health systems and policy research) and communicating research findings to non-specialists.
  • The second provides case studies from global health and implementation experts that apply this conceptual framework to family planning and reproductive health, including HIV/STI prevention and control, focusing on practical successes and failures in implementation 10-20 years post innovation.

The course will include a combination of interactive lectures and teaching sessions, case studies, and group work to apply methodological skills in practice. Sessions will be taught by expert faculty from the Department of Global Health and other departments, and will include impact evaluation (using experimental and quasi-experimental designs), economic and cost-effectiveness analysis, surveillance systems, qualitative health systems research, operations research, quality improvement, budgeting, stakeholder and policy analysis, and dissemination research (among other approaches). Participants will receive individual and group mentoring from 6-8 faculty members with experience in family planning/ reproductive health/HIV/STIs and implementation science methods. Participants will work individually or in groups to prepare a research protocol or research utilization plan for presentation to participants and faculty.

Course Assignments:

  1. Research protocol. Throughout the short course, students will work in small groups to develop the core elements of an implementation research protocol that is designed to build evidence on effective programmatic solutions for family planning and reproductive health problems. The final product will be between 2,500-3,000 words.
  2. Research protocol presentation. At the end of the course, students will give a final presentation to a review panel of their research protocol, including problem addressed by their protocol, rationale for the intervention, study design, intervention approach, study procedures, timeline, budget, and dissemination plan to impact strategy and policy development. 

The 2019 course schedule is not yet finalized.

Please visit the 2018 session schedule to view an illustrative schedule.