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 EPI 246

Translating Evidence Into Practice:
Individual-Centered Implementation Strategies
EPI 246 Fall 2018 (2 units)


This course will focus on developing interventions for individual health behavior change and will include behavior change strategies at the individual, interpersonal, and system/community level. Goals are to enable scholars to develop practical frameworks to integrate principles of behavior change theory, evidence for effective tools, and practical implementation strategies into the design of health interventions. At the end of the course, scholars will be able to:

  • Understand behavior change theories commonly used in development of health interventions;
  • Select behavior change targets;
  • Characterize barriers and enablers of behavior change across multiple levels;
  • Identify techniques likely to be effective in addressing key barriers and enablers of behavior change;
  • Incorporate behavior change theory into a conceptual diagram depicting behaviors relevant to their interest area;
  • Apply practical tools to select essential components for intervention development; and
  • Create a conceptual basis for their work that can be applied to grant applications/funding proposals.

Designing Clinical Research (EPI 202) and Translating Evidence Into Practice: Theory and Design (EPI 245). Exceptions to this prerequisite may be made with the consent of the Course Director, space permitting.


Course Director:

Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH
Phone: 415-206-5333
email: margaret.handley@ucsf.edu

Course Co-Director:

Courtney Lyles, PhD
email: courtney.lyles@ucsf.edu


Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Thursday from 3:15pm - 4:45pm, Jan. 11 to Mar. 15.



1.The Behaviour Change Wheel. A Guide To Designing Interventions. Written by Susan Michie, Lou Atkins & Robert West. 2015.

2. Theory at a Glance: A Guide for Health Promotion Practice. US Dept Health and Human Services, NIH, 2005.


Health Behavior and Health Education: Theory, Research, and Practice by Karen Glanz. Jossey-Bass. 5th edition. 2015. A shorter version can be downloaded from the web.

Books may be purchased either through the publisher or a variety of commercial venues (e.g., Amazon.com).


Grades will be based on successful completion of weekly homework assignments (80%) and final protocol presentation (20%). Weekly homework assignments are due the following Thursday after they are assigned, by midnight. Homework may not be reviewed at all if they are late.

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 open to a limited number of individuals outside of the ATCR and Master's programs. 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 December 22, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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