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 EPI 247

Translating Evidence Into Practice:
System-Centered Implementation Strategies
EPI 247 Winter 2018 (1.5 units)


This course surveys a range of tools at the heath care system level that can be used to promote the adoption of evidence-based medicine by providers and delivery systems. Strategies for change are presented in the broader context of sociological theories of organizational behavior and policy implementation. The focus of this course is on translational tools that can be used by stakeholders outside health care organizations – including purchasers, payers and government regulators – to promote the adoption of clinical innovations within organizations. Such tools range from contract-based payment incentives, to performance monitoring, education and technical assistance programs, to changes in existing government licensing laws and quasi-governmental regulations used by credentialing agencies.

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

  • Better understand the nature and scope of system-level tools for promoting the widespread adoption of new clinical and public health interventions;
  • Consider how each tool can be applied to address implementation barriers in the student's substantive field of expertise; and
  • Complete a case study that applies selected tools to the student's area of expertise.

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:

Laura Schmidt, PhD, MSW, MPH
Phone: 415-476-0440
email: laura.schmidt@ucsf.edu

Teaching Assistant: TBA


Course content will be delivered through weekly interactive lectures. These will take place on Thursdays from 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM, Jan. 11 to Mar. 15.

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


Grades will be based on total points achieved on homework.

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 December 22, 2017. Only one application needs to be completed for all courses desired during the quarter.

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