Online Certificate in Implementation Science

Implementation Science faculty at whiteboard talking to students

The Online Certificate in Implementation Science program is a part-time program focused on theories and methods relevant to the design of strategies to facilitate uptake of health-related interventions. Scholars can choose to take individual courses or complete four required and two electives courses to obtain the certificate. The courses and certificate program are designed for people from a broad range of professional settings who are currently engaged in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to promote and improve health and health care quality, including clinical and public health researchers, quality improvement officers, community-based clinic staff, public health and public policy practitioners, and clinicians. We welcome trainees who work in clinical and public health settings outside the U.S. UCSF students who sign up for the online certificate program will have the option of participating in in-person small-group sessions. 

For each course, all materials (lecture slides and videos, reading and homework assignments) are accessed via the course website. Peer and instructor feedback on homework assignments occur through an online forum.

UCSF students enrolled in the Master's Degree in Clinical Research or Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certificate programs are not eligible for the Online Certificate in Implementation Science or the online courses.

Objectives

Upon completion of the online certificate program, scholars will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate interventions to translate into practice. This will be achieved by identifying interventions that have sufficient evidence of effectiveness and/or are recommended by relevant societies or organizations and that are important to stakeholders in the target implementation setting.
  • Design effective and sustainable implementation strategies. This will be achieved by identifying community, patient, clinician and organizational factors that serve as barriers and facilitators to translating research results into everyday practices, policies and—ultimately—improved health.
  • Design comprehensive evaluations of intervention implementation strategies. This will be achieved by applying principles and methods of process and outcome evaluation, and by identifying the appropriate qualitative and quantitative measures to characterize intervention implementation and impact.
  • Develop fundable implementation science grant proposals. This will be achieved by making a compelling case for translation of your selected health-related intervention into practice, policy or public health and integrating conceptual frameworks into the design and.or evaluation of your implementation strategy.

Eligibility

The 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.

Courses

Fall (September–December)

Winter (January–March)

Spring (April–June)

Course Requirements

All courses have minimum requirements related to turning in assignments and providing peer feedback on assignments. 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 (ii.e., have access to course materials) but will not receive instructor feedback and will not receive a course completion certificate.

Certificate Requirements

To obtain the UCSF Online Implementation Science Certificate, students must register for and complete four required courses and two elective course over one or two years.

Required courses:

  1. IMS 245A Introduction to Implementation Science Theory and Design
  2. IMS 248A Community Engaged Research
  3. IMS 242A Program Evaluation in Clinical and Public Health Settings
  4. IMS 246A Designing Individual-Level Implementation Strategies OR IMS 247A Designing Interventions to Change Organizational Behavior

Elective courses:

IMS 246A or IMS 247A (whichever is not taken to satisfy the intervention design course requirement)

IMS 249A Translating Evidence into Policy

IMS 241A Study Designs for Intervention Research in Real-World Settings

Costs

The fee for each course is $2,000 for individuals affiliated with UCSF and UC Berkeley and $2,500 for individuals not affiliated with UCSF or UC Berkeley. UCSF or UC Berkeley affiliation is defined as concurrent enrollment in a UCSF- or UC Berkeley–sponsored residency or postdoctoral fellowship program; or a registered student in one of the UCSF or UC Berkeley professional schools or graduate programs; or individuals who hold full-time salaried UCSF or UC Berkeley faculty, academic or staff positions. Applicants will be asked to provide proof of UCSF or UC Berkeley status.

Fees do not include books, supplies, or software. (These costs are minimal as most readings are from open-access journals.)

See the FAQs for details about providing payment, obtaining refunds and more.

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. Please contact Claire Dunne at [email protected] to enroll. Fees will be waived for these students.