FAQs for Implementation Science Certificate

Who should take these courses?

The UCSF Implementation Science Online 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.

How do I enroll in the ImS online courses?

Students 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 students (UCSF and non-UCSF) interested in taking these courses should follow these steps to enroll:

What forms of payment are accepted and how should these be completed?

Accepted forms of payment:

  • Credit Card:
    Please 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

Note: We do not accept checks at this time.

When is payment due?

To guarantee enrollment into your selected course(s), payment of the invoice for course fees must be received by August 1 if you register for Fall Courses, December 1 if you register for Winter and Spring courses only, or March 1 if you register for Spring courses only. If course fees are not received by these dates, space in the course will be offered to students on the course wait-list.

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

Students who wish to withdraw from a course after having enrolled and paid the fee must provide written notification via email to [email protected] and to their course small group leader. If the written notification email is sent more than 10 days prior to the start of the course, students may subsequently enroll in the same course or another Implementation Science course that starts within the next 12 months without additional fees except for a $500 administrative charge. If the written notification is sent less than 10 days prior to the start of the course or after the course starts, all fees will be forfeited and students will need to pay full tuition again to take the same course or another Implementation Science course.

When do the courses start?

The 2019-20 schedule is as follows:

  • Fall 2019 September 16 (Intro week) and September 23 (Module 1)
  • Winter 2020 January 6 (Intro week) and January 13 (Module 1)
  • Spring 2020 March 23 (Intro week) and March 30 (Module 1)

How long is each course?

Each course has 10 weekly modules in addition to the Course Introduction week during which students post introductions and familiarize themselves with the course website. At the start of the course, you will receive a schedule, outlining when the assignments are due.

How are the courses for each quarter scheduled?

The courses that take place each quarter are aligned to start at the same time. Generally, each course has weekly assignments and a final project due at the end of the course.

Do I have to take all courses in each quarter at the same time, or can I just take one course at a time?

You may take the courses one at a time or all together depending on your schedule. If you take one course, you can take the other course(s) offered in that quarter in subsequent years.

How much time per week is required for each course?

Each course requires 4-8 hours of work per week. Please consider this when registering for more than one course at the same time.

How many students are in each course?

There are up to 40 students in each online course. You will be divided into groups of 7-10 students with one faculty leader for each small group.

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

Most work in the course is asynchronous, meaning that you can be online at a time that is convenient for you. Occasionally there are optional synchronized sessions that occur at a designated time. We make every effort to offer multiple times to accommodate busy schedules and different time zones.

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

All courses have minimum requirements based on turning in assignments and providing peer feedback on assignments on time in most weeks. Students who meet the minimum requirements will receive a course completion certificate within four weeks of the end of the course. Students who are unable to meet the minimum requirements can continue to audit a course (i.e., have access to course materials) but will not receive instructor feedback and will not receive a course completion certificate.

How do I access my course?

For each course, all materials (lecture slides, lecture videos, reading assignments, and homework assignments) will be accessed via the course website maintained with the UCSF Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). Peer and instructor feedback on homework assignments will occur through an Online Forum.

You will need a UCSF MyAccess account to log into the course website. If you are new to UCSF, you will receive an email with how to set up your account 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 to log into the system
  3. If successful, you will see all of the applications on the MyAccess Landing Page. The online courses will be in the Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE).

Who can I contact with other questions?

Send billing and registration questions to [email protected]. Send program questions to [email protected]