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 EPI 239

Epidemiologic Approaches to
Implementation Science
EPI 239 Spring 2019 (2 units)


This course provides a foundation for understanding the reasons for and interventions to close the gap between scientific evidence and day-to-day practice in public health and clinical medicine.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the motivations for a science of implementation;
  • Describe distinctive characteristics of implementation science;
  • Understand how to analyze barriers to implementation and how to propose solutions to overcome those barriers;
  • Understand challenges with designing and carrying out implementation science including sampling, measurements and analytic issues; and
  • Apply theory from implementation science, as well as from social sciences more broadly, to implementation problems in health.

Designing Clinical Research (EPI 202) or prior training in clinical research study design. This course will be most useful for students or health care professionals who are intending to translate some specific healthcare evidence into wider adoption in clinical practice or public health.


Course Director:

Elvin Geng, MD, MPH
Phone: 415-476-4082, ext. 409
email: elvin.geng@ucsf.edu

Teaching Assistants:

Timothy Anderson, MD
email: timothy.anderson@ucsf.edu


Classes will take place on Thursdays from 8:15 AM to 10:15 AM, April 5 to June 7. Sessions will include both lectures and small group discussion sections.

  • Each week, new material is introduced via recommended reading and lecture.
  • Ideally, the reading should be done prior to the lecture.
  • Homework consists of writing sections of a grant proposal to test an implementation strategy.
  • Small group sections will be an opportunity to discuss and develop the grant.
  • Two journal clubs will illustrate various points made during the course in real-world practice.

All course materials will be posted on the course's online syllabus.


Each session will be accompanied by recommended reading in the form of journal articles and specfic websites.


Grading will be determined from completion of homework and final protocol presentation.

Students not in full-year TICR Programs who satisfactorily pass all course requirements will, upon request, receive a Certificate of Course Completion.

UCSF Graduate Division Policy on Disabilities


This course is sponsored by the Training in Clinical Research (TICR) Program, and space is limited. Preference is given to UCSF-affiliated personnel. We regret that auditing is not permitted.

To apply for this course, please fill out and submit the application below. Please see our fees page for cost information. The deadline for application is March 16, 2018. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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