Fundamentals of Implementation Science

Course dates:
Sep 18, 2017 to Dec 03, 2017


  • Work assessed by peers
  • Work assessed by content expert
  • Group work
  • Interact with instructor and students
  • Fee-based

Fundamentals of Implementation Science introduces a systematic, scientific approach to ask and answer questions about how to get 'what works' to people who need it with greater speed, fidelity, quality, efficiency, and relevant coverage.

Past 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, 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 is an collaborative, interactive, online course that provides students with an introduction to the emerging field of implementation research by outlining various methods that are applied to improving implementation, and using experiential case studies from global health leaders.

The 11-week course is comprised of a variety of online formats, including: pre-recorded lectures from experts in the field, selected reading assignments and resources, discussion forums, and collaborative assignments that will be completed in groups (either virtually or at site locations).

University of Washington academic credit is not available to students enrolled online. Participants who meet course expectations will receive a Certificate of Completion from the University of Washington.