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Designing Individual-Level Implementation Strategies
EPI 246 Winter 2019 (2 units)



OBJECTIVES

This course focuses on developing theory-informed approaches to understanding and changing health-related behaviors (or practices), focusing primarily on individuals—including providers, patients, and community members—in order to facilitate uptake of evidence-based health interventions. Students will also learn about areas where health behavior change theories focused on individuals can be combined with those that target environmental/contextual, organizational and systems levels. Course instruction focuses on the application of theory and frameworks to students’own areas of research in order to: 1) select behavior change targets; 2) characterize barriers and enablers of behavior change; and 3) identify techniques likely to be effective in addressing key barriers and enablers of behavior change for a specific behavior and context.

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

  • Describe common behavior change theories used to facilitate uptake of health interventions;
  • Identify behavioral and contextual determinants that can influence health intervention uptake by individuals using behavior change theories;
  • Design, adapt, and/or tailor an implementation strategy that targets key behavioral and contextual determinants using an intervention design framework; and
  • Create visual representations (e.g., figures and tables) of the logic, functions, and techniques of an implementation strategy to foster individual behavior change.
PREREQUISITES

Designing Clinical Research (EPI 202). Exceptions to this prerequisite may be made with the consent of the Course Director, space permitting.

FACULTY

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

Lecturers:

Sara Ackerman, PhD
email: Sara.Ackerman@ucsf.edu

Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS
email: adithya.cattamanchi@ucsf.edu

Justin White, PhD
email: justin.white@ucsf.edu



FORMAT

Weekly course content will be delivered via video lectures, case studies, and readings through the course CLE website. Students will post weekly assignments in online discussion forums, and provide/receive feedback through the online discussion forums and weekly in-person small group discussion sessions facilitated by course faculty.

MATERIALS

Required:

1.The Behaviour Change Wheel. A Guide To Designing Interventions. by Michie S, et al. Silverback Publishing. 2015.

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

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

Additional required readings will be posted on the course website.

GRADING

Evaluation of student performance will be based on successful completion of weekly homework assignments and a final project, as well as participation in an online discussion forum and in-person small group sessions. To pass the course, learners must:

  • Post weekly assignments in the online discussion forums by the designated due date and time in 8 of 10 weeks;
  • Attend and participate in at least 8 of the 10 in-person weekly small group discussion sessions;
  • Provide thoughtful feedback via the online discussion forums to at least two others regarding their weekly assignments by the designated due date and time in 8 of 10 weeks; and
  • Submit a final completed assignment by the designated due date and time at the end of the course.

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ENROLLMENT

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 21, 2018. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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