FAQs for Implementation Science Certificate

Who should take these courses?

The UCSF Implementation Science Training Program is ideal for scholars who are actively involved in implementing a health intervention or quality improvement program. Although not required, prior training in qualitative and/or quantitative research methods will enable scholars to best take advantage of the curriculum. The courses focus on theories and methods relevant to the design and evaluation of strategies to facilitate uptake of health-related interventions.

Our learner population includes working professionals and graduate students around the world. Courses may be taken individually or in pursuit of the Certificate in Implementation Science. 

How do I enroll in ImS online courses?

Learners enrolled in UCSF Advanced Training in Clinical Research, Masters of Applied Studies in Clinical Research or Doctoral Program in Epidemiology and Translational Science should apply to enroll in Implementation Science courses directly through their program.

Other learners within and outside the UCSF community should follow these steps to enroll:

  • For learners who are new to the ImS program, set up a new account and select courses.
  • For returning learners or those who previously created an account, please login to your existing account to select additional courses. To find the unique link to your account, search your inbox for UCSF Implementation Science Program: Registration Link. For help with accessing an existing account, please email [email protected].
  • Provide payment. An invoice will be sent and payment options appear below. Seats in a course are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis according to the date payment is received. Once payment is received, you will receive enrollment confirmation and access information. Note: Courses often fill before the registration deadline. Due to limited course capacity, once a course fills additional learners will be placed on the waitlist and notified.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Accepted forms of payment:

  • Credit Card:
    Provide credit card information as directed on the invoice.
  • UCSF Fund:
    Enter funding information as directed on the invoice.
  • Wire Transfer:
    Enter the date of wire transfer and attach your wire confirmation as directed on the invoice. Please remit payment to:

Bank of America
100 West 33rd Street
New York, NY 10001
ABA/Routing # 0260-0959-3
Bank Account Name - Regents of the University of California, San Francisco
Account #12335-23601

  • For ACH:

    Please remit payment to:

Bank of America
2000 Clayton Road
Concord, CA 94520
ABA/Routing No. 121000358
Bank Account Name - Regents of the University of California, San Francisco
Account #12335-23601

When is payment due?

As long as space is available in your selected course(s), payment of course fees must be received by August 1 for Fall courses, December 1 for Winter courses, or March 1 for Spring courses. Seats in a course are granted on a first-come-first-serve basis, according to the date payment is received. Once payment is received, you will receive enrollment confirmation and access information. Note: Courses often fill before the registration deadline. Due to limited course capacity, once the course fills additional learners will be placed on the waitlist and notified.

If I decide to drop the course, can I get a refund?

Learners who are unable to attend a course after having paid the fees may request a change by sending written notice at least 10 business days prior to the course start date to [email protected] and [email protected]. Once notice is received, a learner may:

  • defer enrollment in the same course or select another Implementation Science course that starts within the next 12 months without additional fees except for a $500 administrative charge, or
  • receive a refund less 25% administrative fees

Implementation Science program and course leaders regret that requests received after this date cannot be considered; all fees will be forfeited and the learner will need to pay full tuition again to take the same course or another Implementation Science course. Learners who wish to withdraw after the course begins are asked to kindly inform course faculty, as well as [email protected]

Whom do I contact regarding accessibility?

Faculty and staff in the Implementation Science Training Program are commited to creating welcoming and accessible learning environments. For introductory questions, please contact [email protected]. Additional resources include your course faculty and UCSF Student Disability Services. All discussions are confidential.

When do courses start?

The 2023-24 schedule is as follows:

  • Fall 2023 September 18 (Intro week) and September 25 (Module 1)
  • Winter 2024 January 8 (Intro week) and January 15 (Module 1)
  • Spring 2024 April 1 (Intro week) and April 8 (Module 1)

Expect future academic years to follow the general pattern above. Dates for Academic Year 24-25 will be posted shortly.

How long is each course?

Most courses span 11 weeks. All courses begin with a week dedicated to orientation; learners post introductions and familiarize themselves with the course site and weekly pattern of activities. Formal instruction (Module 1) begins in the second week. Most courses include 10 modules of instruction delivered over 10 weeks. 

What type of coursework is expected throughout the term?

Most courses present content packaged into weekly modules. A typical module includes lectures, readings, and written assignments. A final project is due near the end of the term. Most courses include optional meetings via Zoom. Faculty strive to accommodate busy schedules and many time zones. 

How many courses should I take in the same term?

The answer depends on your schedule. Most learners take one course per term. Those with more time dedicated to training may take two or three courses per term. 

How much time per week is required for each course?

Each course requires 5-8 hours of work per week. If you are considering enrolling in multiple courses in the same term, please keep the total workload in mind. 

How many students are in each course?

Students move through a course as part of a small group of 7 - 10 peers guided by a faculty leader. Online forums and Zoom meetings present opportunities to engage with the larger class.

Do I need to be online at a certain time each week?

Most course content may be engaged with asynchronously. That is, you can interact with the course site at a time that is convenient for you. Most faculty offer optional synchronous sessions via Zoom. When planning these meetings, faculty strive to accommodate busy schedules of working professionals across many time zones.

What if I am unable to keep up with the online assignments?

All courses have minimum requirements. Typically these include weekly written assignments, providing peer feedback, and completing a final project. Learners who meet the minimum requirements will receive a letter of course completion within four weeks. Learners who are unable to meet the minimum requirements can continue to audit a course. Please reach out to course faculty to discuss your circumstances. Auditors will have access to course materials but will not receive instructor feedback and will not receive a letter of course completion.

How do I access my course?

All course content is presented via the course site which is maintained within the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). Lectures, readings, assignments, instructor and peer feedback will take place in this online forum.

A UCSF MyAccess account is requried to access the course site. If you are new to UCSF, you will receive instructions for setting up your account before the course begins. It is important to verify your MyAccess account before the course begins. An invitation to verify your account will be sent approximately two weeks before the course begins.

To verify your MyAccess account, please follow the steps below.

  1. Go to the MyAccess login page
  2. Enter your MyAccess credentials
  3. If successful, you will see all of the applications on the MyAccess Landing Page
  4. The course site will be in the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). Course sites typically go live (become available) shortly before or on the first day of the term.

For assistance with your MyAccess account, please contact [email protected].

Who can I contact with other questions?

Send questions to [email protected].