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. These materials provide high-level insight into what implementation science is and briefly introduce a few frameworks commonly used in the field.

These frameworks and additional topics are covered in depth through the UCSF Implementation Science Training Program, which offers in-person and online training in implementation science, with an emphasis on applied instruction for researchers as well as practitioners. 


I. Foundational Work for Implementation Science: Building the Case for Evidence Translation


  • Define implementation science
  • Decide and justify whether a health care intervention has sufficient evidence to be translated/disseminated into practice, policy, or public health
  • Identify strategies and activities for engaging key stakeholders in the translation/dissemination of your evidence

Lecture Videos

  • Introduction to Implementation Science: Defining implementation science, Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS

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  • Introduction to Implementation Science: Making the Case for Translation, Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MA

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II. Application of an Implementation Science Framework to Guide Intervention Design


By the end of this session, learners will be able to:

  • Define key steps involved in designing effective implementation strategies
  • Apply a planning model/framework to facilitate the design of an individual-level implementation strategy

Lecture Videos

  • Overview of Implementation Frameworks and Theories, Adithya Cattamanchi, MD, MAS

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  • Brief Introduction to the COM-B Model, Margaret Handley, PhD, MPH 

Video, 8:15    View slides


III. Case Studies: Applying concepts to your own work

Please see the case studies that summarize the following issues related to evidence-practice gaps and stakeholder engagement in real-world practice.

  • Describe the evidence to be translated and its relation to a health problem.
    • What evidence (health-related behavior, test, procedure, treatment, intervention, program) will be translated?
    • Justify the evidence is ready to be translated (including in the local context).
    • What health problem will translation of the evidence improve? Justify selection of this health problem as a priority in the setting you plan to work.
  • Identify stakeholder communities and conduct outreach to work with them.
    • List key communities/stakeholders involved in translating your evidence.
    • Consider vested interests of key communities/ stakeholders.

Case Study 1: Functional Status

Case Study 2: Cardiac Rehabilitation

Case Study 3: Occupational Therapy for People with Dementia

Derived from Box 1 in: Handley MA, Gorukanti A, Cattamanchi A. Strategies for implementing implementation science: a methodological overview. Emerg Med J. 2016 Sep;33(9):660-4.