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Concentration in Implementation Science

DrPH Implementation Science Concentration

The Implementation Science Concentration is interdisciplinary and focuses on systematically evaluating the implementation of health programs and policies.  Students will receive training in monitoring implementation outcomes and measuring context. They will also learn about relevant frameworks, strategies, and study designs.  Students take required courses in implementation science and then select a set of methods and analysis courses that is specific to their interests and career goals. In addition, students take several elective courses covering implementation science methods and approaches to further their training.

The concentration provides students with the skills to work collaboratively, and integrate diverse perspectives into cogent intervention designs and implementation strategies. Students learn how to support iterative cycles of implementation and adaptation of public health programs based on evaluation and learning, and how to synthesize and present complex information to policy-makers and practitioners.

This concentration is relevant to those working domestically and internationally, and is well suited to individuals seeking to develop careers as program managers, physician managers, and those working in the knowledge translation field, or in policy advisory positions.

    Concentration Directors

    The Implementation Science concentration directors are:

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    Concentration Competencies


    1. Apply key implementation science constructs and theories to public health problems.
    2. Distinguish implementation outcomes from efficacy, service, and client outcomes.
    3. Recognize which stakeholders should be engaged in the process of developing, implementing, evaluating, and sustaining a community-based program.
    4. Propose implementation research study aims, methods, data sources, and study designs to address a public health question.
    5. Critically evaluate the relevance of study designs used for efficacy, effectiveness, and implementation research.


    Concentration Curriculum

    Students are expected to complete a minimum of 28 credits of concentration-specific courses in the following three categories:

    1. Required courses

    2. Methodology and analysis courses

    3. Elective or content-specific courses