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Certificate Program in Implementation Science: Translating Evidence into Practice, Policy and Public Health

  • Applications are due March 16, 2015 for admission in Spring 2015.
  • Classes begin on April 3, 2015.

Implementation science seeks to translate the results of clinical reseach into everyday clinical practice and public health. The goal of Implementation Science is to ensure that the knowledge and materials produced by health research actually lead to improved population health by: 1) reaching the people for whom they are intended; 2) being adapted to local circumstances; and 3) being implemented effectively, safely, equitably, and in a timely and patient-centered manner.

This one-year, part-time program offers a series of courses focused on applied methods of implementation, particularly as they relate to developing more effective interventions to translate specific evidence-based findings into everyday practice. The program is designed for people from a broad range of professional settings who are currently engaged in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs 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.


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

  • Design and Implement More Effective Interventions to translate evidence into practice. This will be achieved by identifying community, patient, clinician and organizational factors that serve as barriers and facilitators to translating research results into everyday practice, policy and public health.

  • Design More Comprehensive Evaluations of Interventions that translate evidence into practice. This will be achieved by applying the basics of process and outcome evaluation, and by identifying the appropriate qualitative and quantitative measures of effect.

  • Develop Better Grant Proposals. This will be achieved by making a compelling case for translational research and integrating conceptual frameworks into the intervention design and/or evaluation of your program.


Although not required, prior methodologic training in how evidence is created will allow scholars to best take advantage of this curriculum. This prior training could be in the form of a master's degree or higher in public health, clinical research or epidemiology.

The prior training could also be met by having completed the Advanced Training in Clinical Research Certificate Program.




Translating Evidence Into Practice: Theory and Design
EPI 245 (R. Gonzales, Director)
An introduction to the different target audiences and approaches needed to translate biomedical evidence into practice. 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 research protocol aimed towards translating their particular choice of evidence into practice.

Translating Practice into Evidence: Community Engaged Research
EPI 248 (K. Grumbach, Director)
Introduces the principles and applied methods of community engaged research, including defining the community and partnership models for identifying relevant research questions, developing and implementing study designs, interpreting and disseminating findings, and scaling-up studies for translational implementation research.

Fall (One of two courses)

Translating Evidence Into Practice: Individual-Centered Implementation Strategies
EPI 246 (M. Handley, Director)
Instruction in developing interventions for individual health behavior change, including behavior change strategies at the individual, interpersonal, and system/community level; developing practical frameworks to integrate principles of behavior change theory.

Program Evaluation in Clinical and Public Health Settings EPI 242
(J. Myers, Director)
Instruction in different types of program evaluation, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes and impact assessment; developing an evaluation plan and using systematically collected information about a program to understand whether and how the program is meeting its stated goals and objectives; improve program effectiveness; make decisions about future programming.

Winter (One of two courses)

Translating Evidence Into Practice: System-Centered Implementation Strategies
EPI 247 (L. Schmidt, Director)

Instruction in translational tools at health care system level to promote the adoption of evidence-based medicine by the public and providers through mechanisms that influence health care delivery systems.

Translating Evidence Into Policy: Framing Research to Influence Policy
EPI 249 (A. Bindman, Director)

Instruction in the policy process and strategies for collecting and disseminating research findings to inform and influence that process. The course will be taught through a series of lectures and interactive sessions during which trainees will have an opportunity to apply the strategies to their own work.

Location: All classes are held at Mission Hall: Global Health & Clinical Sciences Building at UCSF Mission Bay.


To apply for the Implementation Science Certificate Program, please complete the application by March 16, 2015.

APPLICATION (Word doc, 20KB)

Tuition: Participants in the Implementation Science certificate program will receive a discount of 15% over individual course prices. Scholars who wish to take more than 4 courses will receive 15% discount on course fees for the additional courses. See application for payment information.

Scholars who are unable to complete coursework over the course of one year will be charged any difference in course price in the subsequent years.