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Introduction to Implementation Science course - PBHL505

Logo: Foundation for Advanced Education in the SciencesThe course Introduction to Implementation Science will be offered in the fall of 2018 by the Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (FAES) Graduate School at NIH. Learn how implementation science seeks to accelerate the integration of research into everyday healthcare and public health settings.

Each week esteemed leadership and subject matter experts from NIH Institutes and Centers, NGOs and universities present lectures and case studies.

Registration Information

About the Course

  • The course is open to everyone, not only to NIH staff.
  • There are no prerequisites.
  • Tuition is $168 for the Fall 2018 semester, payable to FAES.
  • The 7-week, 1-credit course consists of weekly Tuesday evening classes in September and October. Classes are held on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. (View NIH Visitor Information.)

Course Description

Closing the gap between biomedical discovery and its application to health and healthcare delivery is an absolute necessity if we are to ensure that all populations benefit from investments in scientific discoveries. Implementation science seeks to accelerate the integration of research into everyday healthcare and public health settings. Implementation science is defined as the scientific study of the use of strategies to adopt and integrate evidence-based health interventions into clinical and community settings to improve patient outcomes and benefit population health. Specifically, implementation science seeks to understand the behavior of healthcare professionals and support staff, healthcare organizations, healthcare consumers, family members, and policymakers as key influences on the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions. Course format includes didactic lectures, guest speakers, small-group discussions, and a journal club. The course will provide an overview of foundational concepts, theories, study designs, measurement, and research methods in implementation science.

Prerequisites: preference given to those with a background in social/behavioral research and/or basic research methods.

Learning Objectives

  • Identify and understand relevant terms, definitions, and concepts in implementation science
  • Understand the role of theory, frameworks, and models in implementation science
  • Identify the role of intervention adaptation, fidelity, and stakeholder engagement in implementation science
  • Explain study designs and research methods commonly used to answer scientific questions in implementation science
  • Identify strategies for increasing the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of evidence-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions in a variety of healthcare and public health settings in the U.S. and global context

Updated September 2018