Implementation Science Program

UCSF Implementation Science Faculty

Health care providers and the public are increasingly aware that promising research results do not easily translate into improved health. The science of implementation and dissemination is an emerging, multidisciplinary field that aims to improve the relevance and uptake of research-based knowledge in real-world settings. A guiding principle is that knowledge and materials produced by health research should actually lead to improved individual, community and population health by:

  • Reaching the people for whom they are intended
  • Being adapted to local circumstances
  • Being implemented effectively, safely, equitably, and in a timely and patient-centered manner

Implementation scientists draw on a range of theories and methods to determine which factors promote or impede the adoption, adaptation, and maintenance of specific health-related interventions by individuals, health providers, insurers, policy makers, and communities. Direct engagement with the institutions and communities where health interventions are introduced is a key element of implementation science research.

The department offers several training opportunities in Implementation Science including:

Implementation Science Short Course

A three-day, in-person introductory course to understand and apply key concepts of Implementation Science in a small group setting with individualized attention.  

Implementation Science Mini-Course

This self-directed, online mini-course provides a brief introduction to the field of implementation science through short video lectures, readings and case studies. 

Online Certificate Program in Implementation Science

The Online Certificate Program is a part-time program consisting of a series of six online courses focused on theories and methods relevant to the design of strategies to facilitate uptake of health-related interventions. Scholars also can choose to take individual courses instead of completing all six courses required for the Certificate. 

Master's Degree in Clinical Research, Implementation Science Track

A rigorous, two-year course of study intended for advanced pre-doctoral fellows, post-doctoral fellows and faculty members who wish to master clinical research methods and pursue independent research careers. Implementation science track scholars take a series of implementation-specific electives in addition to most of the required courses for the standard masters program.