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 Implementation Research
 Program of Study

Certificate Program in Implementation Science: Translating Evidence
into Practice, Policy and Public Health

  • Applications are due March 12, 2018 for admission in Spring 2018.
  • Classes begin on April 5, 2018.

Implementation science seeks to translate the results of clinical reseach into everyday clinical practice and public health. The goal of Implementation Science is to ensure that the knowledge and materials produced by health research actually leads to improved population health by: 1) reaching the people for whom they are intended; 2) being adapted to local circumstances; and 3) being implemented effectively, safely, equitably, and in a timely and patient-centered manner.

This part-time program offers a series of courses focused on applied methods of implementation, particularly as they relate to developing more effective interventions to promote translation of specific evidence-based findings into everyday practice. The program is designed for people from a broad range of professional settings who are currently engaged in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs to promote and improve health and health care quality, including clinical and public health researchers, quality improvement officers, community-based clinic staff, public health and public policy practitioners, and clinicians.


Upon completion of the program, scholars will be able to:

  • Design and Implement More Effective Interventions to translate evidence-based research findings into practice. This will be achieved by identifying community, patient, clinician and organizational factors that serve as barriers and facilitators to translating research results into everyday practice in the community.

  • Design More Comprehensive Evaluations of Interventions that translate evidence into practice. This will be achieved by applying the basics of process and outcome evaluation, and by identifying the appropriate qualitative and quantitative measures of effect.

  • Develop Better Grant Proposals. This will be achieved by making a compelling case for Implementation Science research and integrating conceptual frameworks into the intervention design and/or evaluation of your program.


Although not required, prior methodologic training in how evidence is created will allow scholars to best take advantage of this curriculum. This prior training could be in the form of a master's degree or higher in public health, clinical research or epidemiology.

The prior training is also met by having completed the Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certificate Program.


Successful completion of two required courses and two elective courses are necessary to earn the Implementation Science Certificate. The program is most optimally experienced by starting with the Spring introductory course, Translating Evidence Into Practice: Theory and Design EPI 245, which gives a broad overview of the scope and philosophy of the field. While it is possible to begin the program in other quarters, we recommend starting in the Spring to maximally benefit from the courses. Courses may be taken any time over the 24 months following enrollment.



Translating Evidence Into Practice: Theory and Design
(EPI 245) (E. Elvin Geng, Director)
An introduction to the different target audiences and approaches needed to translate biomedical evidence into practice. The course is the gateway for scholars who plan for additional study within this discipline but also suffices as cross-exposure for scholars from other disciplines. In addition to didactic work, scholars are guided through the creation of a research protocol aimed towards translating their particular evidence-based finding into practice.

Translating Practice into Evidence: Community Engaged Research
EPI 248 (K. Grumbach, Director)
Introduces the principles and applied methods of community engaged research, including defining the community and partnership models for identifying relevant research questions, developing and implementing study designs, interpreting and disseminating findings, and scaling-up studies for translational implementation research.



Program Evaluation in Clinical and Public Health Settings EPI 242
(J. Myers, Director)
Instruction in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes and impact assessment; developing an evaluation plan and using systematically collected information about a program to understand whether and how the program is meeting its stated goals and objectives; improve program effectiveness; make decisions about future programming.

Translating Evidence Into Practice: Individual-Centered Implementation Strategies
EPI 246 (M. Handley, Director)
Instruction in developing interventions for individual health behavior change, including behavior change strategies at the individual, interpersonal, and system/community level; developing practical frameworks to integrate principles of behavior change theory.


Translating Evidence Into Practice: System-Centered Implementation Strategies
EPI 247 (L. Schmidt, Director)

Instruction in translational tools at health care system level to promote the adoption of evidence-based medicine by the public and providers through mechanisms that influence health care delivery systems.

Location: All classes are held at Mission Hall: Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building at UCSF Mission Bay.


To apply for the Implementation Science Certificate Program for the Spring Quarter, please complete the application by March 12, 2018. For scholars desiring to start in other quarters, the application is due 3 weeks prior to the first day of class.


Tuition: Participants in the Implementation Science certificate program will receive a discount of 15% over individual course prices. Scholars who wish to take more than 4 courses will receive 15% discount on course fees for the additional courses. See application for payment information.

Scholars who are unable to complete coursework over the course of 24 months will be charged any difference in course price in the subsequent years.

Scholars who withdraw prior to completing 4 courses may receive a partial refund. In calculating the amount of the refund, the standard, individual course price of courses taken will be subtracted from the program fee plus a $150 withdrawal fee