Introduction to Implementation Science - Theory and Design

EPI 245 Fall 2021 (2 units)
Course Co-Director: Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS
Departments of Medicine and Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Course Co-Director: Priya Shete, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine


This course provides a foundation for students to design and evaluate strategies to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice, policy, and public health. This course will provide an introduction to the use of implementation science methods to identify and target barriers and enablers of the sustained uptake of proven health interventions. Concepts and methods covered include community engagement, individual and organizational behavior change theory, intervention design and evaluation frameworks, and study design. In addition to didactic work, scholars are guided through the creation of a protocol aimed towards facilitating uptake of their chosen health intervention. At the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • Identify and justify health interventions that are ready for translation;
  • Apply a conceptual framework for translating health interventions into practice, policy and public health;
  • Apply theory and evidence to the design of more effective implementation strategies; and
  • Evaluate and analyze implementation strategies using a combination of outcomes and techniques.


Course Co-Director:

Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS
Phone: 628-206-5489

Course Co-Director:

Priya Shete, MD, MPH
Phone: 628-206-4649

Guest Lecturers:

Kevin Grumbach, MD


Ellen Goldstein, MA


Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH


Charles McCulloch, PhD


Janet Myers, PhD


Laura Schmidt, PhD


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 virtual synchronous small group sessions facilitated by course faculty. Virtual synchronous small group sessions will take place on Mondays from 10:30 PM to 12:00 PM, Sept. 20 to Nov. 29 (no class on Nov. 22).


Required readings will be posted on the course website.


Evaluation of student performance will be based on successful completion of weekly homework assignments and a final project, as well as participation in online discussion forums and virtual synchronous 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;
  • 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;
  • Attend and participate in at least 8 of the 10 in-person weekly small group discussion sessions;
  • Submit a final completed protocol by the designated due date and time at the end of the course; and
  • Submit a thoughtful critique of a peer’s final protocol by the designated due date and time at the end of the course.


Priority is given to students in the Master's Degree Program in Clinical and Epidemiologic Research, Advanced Training in Clinial Research (ATCR) Certificate Program, Doctoral Program in Epidemiology & Translational Science, and Doctoral Program in Global Health Sciences.

All other students: Please register for Introduction to Implementation Science Theory and Design on the UCSF Implementataion Science Training Program website: Space in the course is on a first come first serve basis.

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