Introduction to Implementation Science Theory and Design

Introduction to Implementation Science Theory and Design provides a foundation for students to develop and implement strategies to accelerate the translation of evidence into practice, policy, and public health. The course is the gateway for scholars who plan for additional study within this discipline but also suffices as cross-exposure for scholars from other disciplines. In addition to didactic work, scholars are guided through the creation of a protocol aimed towards translating their particular choice of evidence into practice.

At the end of the course, students will be able to:

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


Clinicians, public health practitioners, and researchers wishing to gain knowledge and skills in translating evidence into practice.

Offered: Fall Term


Training or experience in public health, epidemiology, quality improvement or health care organization leadership. Exceptions to these prerequisites may be made with the consent of the Course Director.


Course Directors

Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS, is Associate Professor of Medicine and co-Director of the Implementation Science Training Program at UCSF. He completed his internal medicine residency training and pulmonary and critical care fellowship training at UCSF. His research focuses on the development, evaluation and implementation of interventions to improve the diagnosis and management of tuberculosis in high burden countries.

Priya Shete, MD, is Assistant Professor of Medicine at UCSF. Her work focuses on using implementation science and social epidemiology to better understand and overcome barriers to TB care in high TB/HIV burden settings. She is particularly interested in informing global TB and TB/HIV policy with context-specific research and in turn defining research priorities based on the needs of patients and stakeholders in high burden, low resource settings.


Course Requirements

Required Textbook: The Behavior Change Wheel: A Guide to Designing Interventions. Available in paperback or online.

You are expected to attend lectures or view the video lectures; complete assigned readings, self-assessments and protocol assignments; constructively critique other students' protocols via online forums; submit a final completed protocol paper and presentation; and complete course evaluations.

Completing this course will take an estimated 5-10 hours of work per module.

In order to receive a course completion certificate, students are expected to:

  • Turn in weekly assignments by the designated due date and time in 8 of 10 weeks.
  • Provide feedback on assignments submitted by at least two peers by the designated due date and time in 8 of 10 weeks.
  • Submit a final completed protocol by the designated due date and time at the end of the course.
  • Submit a thoughtful critique of a peer's final protocol by the designated due date and time at the end of the course.

Students who do not turn in weekly assignments on time or do not provide required feedback to peers in more than two weeks will have the option of auditing or dropping the course. In either case, course fees will not be refunded.