Implementation Science Track

Implementation science (IS) aims to improve the adoption of evidence-based practices and policies in clinical care and public health, and the development of best evidence through community engagement. Responding to the increasing global concern that the tremendous advances we have achieved in developing effective tests, treatments and preventive measures are not being fully translated into improved population health, the IS track focuses on applying clinical research in real-world settings. 

The IS track is ideal for researchers who plan to pursue the development, implementation and/or evaluation of policies, practice-based interventions and/or community-based programs designed to: 1) improve uptake/safety/quality/access; 2) reach diverse populations; 3) reduce the overuse of diagnostic tests or treatments; or 4) provide preventive medicine or health promotion programs. 

Coursework in the track is guided by a conceptual framework that illustrates the different groups and organizations targeted by implementation research, and emphasizes the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration and community participation for the effective translation of evidence into practice. Master's program students who elect the IS track begin coursework in the spring quarter of their first year and typically enroll in at least one IS course per quarter during the second year. In addition to course requirements, IS track scholars receive career mentoring and specialized feedback on their research protocols. Scholars completing this track may list "Master of Advanced Study, Clinical Research with Specialization in Implementation Science" on their curriculum vitae.
The IS Track is co-sponsored by the UCSF Implementation Science Program and is directed by Dr. Margaret Handley and Dr. Adithya Cattamanchi. One distinction of IS research is its emphasis on multidisciplinary collaboration and teamwork. The IS track increases scholars' exposure to and contact with a broad spectrum of UCSF faculty conducting IS research, an important step in developing a research network that scholars can call upon throughout their careers.

Sample Course Schedule

Year 1
Summer Clinical Research Workshop Fall Winter Spring

EPI 202 — Designing Clinical Research (2)

EPI 201 — Responsible Conduct of Research (0.5)

BIOSTAT 212 — Introduction to Statistical Computing in Clinical Research (1)

EPI 203 — Epidemiologic Methods (4)

EPI 204 — Clinical Epidemiology (3)

BIOSTAT 200 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research I (3)

EPI 220/230 — TICR Program Seminar for First-Year and Master's and Certificate Program Scholars (1)

EPI 205 — Clinical Trials (1.5)

BIOSTAT 208 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research II (3)

EPI 220/230 — TICR Program Seminar for First-Year and Master's and Certificate Program Scholars (1)

EPI 222 — Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities: What Every Researcher Should Know (2)

EPI 214 — Systematic Review/Meta-Analysis (1)

BIOSTAT 209 — Biostatistical Methods for Clinical Research III (3)

EPI 220/230 — TICR Program Seminar for First-Year and Master's and Certificate Program Scholars (1)

EPI 245 — Translating Evidence into Practice (2)

EPI 248 — Translating Practice into Evidence: Community-Engaged Research

Year 2
Fall Winter Spring

BIOSTAT 210 — Biostatistics for Clinical Research IV (2)

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

EPI 246 — Translating Evidence into Practice: Individual-Centered Implementation Strategies (2)

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

EPI 213 — Decision and Cost Effectiveness Analysis (2)

EPI 247 — Translating Evidence into Practice: System-Centered Implementation Strategies (1)

EPI 221 — Master's Seminar II (1)

EPI 242 — Program Evaluation in Clinical and Public Health Settings (1.5)