Fundamentals of Implementation Science

Course dates:
Sep 16, 2019 to Dec 01, 2019


Course hours:
11 weeks, 6-9 hours per week


Do you want to apply mixed-methods approaches to optimizing public health delivery?  Do you seek to apply high quality evaluation and assessment methods to your health interventions? Fundamentals of Implementation Science is a collaborative, interactive, online course that provides students with an introduction to the emerging field of implementation research through lectures from global health leaders and opportunities to apply lessons learned on topics of global health importance.  

Past decades have borne 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.

In this course you’ll learn how to use a systematic, scientific approach to find out “what works” and convey this information with greater speed, fidelity, quality, and efficiency to those who need it. Learn how to translate scientific research and data into on-the-ground policies and programs. This course also gives an overview of the emerging field of implementation research, by outlining methodologies and reviewing implementation research case studies.

This course explores the current literature on implementation science; introduces strategies for using innovative scientific methods and tools of diverse disciplines to understand and overcome impediments to implementation and facilitate scale-up; and uses case studies to identify and contextualize implementation successes and failures. 


This online course has video lectures, readings, discussion forums, quizzes, and a group project. 

You can participate in this course as an independent participant or as part of a local site with 5-60 people. We encourage participation as a local site because most of the coursework is group-based. Your site will meet weekly to discuss topics taught in the course and to develop your group project. If you won’t be taking this course as part of a local site, you’ll be connected with other independent participants to work on the group project.

The course is taught in English. Participants should be comfortable with written and spoken English.


To be admitted to the course you must have a master’s degree in a health-related field or in the social sciences, or equivalent professional experience. Graduate students enrolled at the University of Washington can register for GH 541 Fundamentals of Implementation Science during spring quarter course via MyUW.




Mailed Certificate*Digital Certificate*
Group Sites (up to 60 participants) only available for non-OCED country sites$1500$1500


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Payments may be made by wire transfer, Visa, Mastercard or Discovery credit cards. You will receive instructions to submit payment once you have been accepted into the course.  

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