DrPH concentration in Implementation Science
The DrPH concentration in Implementation Science is an interdepartmental concentration focused on developing and sharing evidence to support the formulation, implementation and scale up of new health policies and programs, through the application of interdisciplinary tools and approaches to study processes in complex health systems.
The concentration provides students with the skills to work collaboratively, and integrate diverse perspectives into cogent intervention designs and implementation strategies. Students learn how to support iterative cycles of implementation and adaptation of public health programs based on evaluation and learning, and how to synthesize and present complex information to policy-makers and practitioners.
This concentration is relevant to those working domestically and internationally, and is well suited to individuals seeking to develop careers as program managers, physician managers, and those working in the knowledge translation field, or in policy advisory positions.
DrPH Program Concentration Competencies
1. Participate in and lead collaborative multidisciplinary teams that promote a blending of disciplines so as to inform implementation.
2. Integrate diverse perspectives (e.g. from communities, experts) into a cogent intervention design and/or implementation strategy for health programs and policies.
3. Determine implementation processes so as to support iterative cycles of implementation and adaptation based on learning.
4. Evaluate implementation processes and outcomes in ways that can inform implementation.
5. Synthesize information from multiples sources so as to inform policy and practice.
Faculty leads for the DrPH Implementation Science concentration are noted below. Please click the link to learn more about each faculty member’s research interests, departmental and center or institute affiliations, and contact information.
Students are required to take a minimum of 28 credits focused on the Implementation Science concentration. This requirement will be achieved through a set of required and elective courses*.
- Students must take 4 credits/2 courses that are required for the concentration.
- Students are also required to take 12 or more credits in methodology and analysis courses.
- Finally, students will complete 12 or more credits in elective, or content-specific courses.
Details for each of the course lists are provided below.
*Courses taken to fulfill Foundational Requirements may not be applied to fulfill concentration requirements.
I. Required Courses for DrPH Implementation Science Concentration (7 credits):
- TBA Implementation Research and Practice I (3 credits) (2nd Term)
- TBA Implementation Science Concentration Seminar Series (1 credit) (4th Term)
II. Students are required to take 9 or more credits in methodology and analysis courses. Course options include:
- 221.722.81 Quality Assurance Management Methods for Developing Countries (4 credits)
- 312.693.81 Introduction to Comparative Effectiveness and Outcomes Research (3 credits)
- 221.654.81 Systems Thinking in Public Health: Applications of Key Methods and Approaches (3 credits)
- 309.616.81 Introduction to Methods for Health Services Research and Evaluation I (2 credits)
- 221.622.11 Using Qualitative Methods for Program Planning and Evaluation (1 credit)
- 221.659.11 Introduction to Health Systems Modeling (2 credits)
- 330.621.11 Mixed Methods for Research in Public Health (2 credits)
- 340.613.11 Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials (2 credits)
- 340.674.11 Comparative Effectiveness Research: Emulating a Target Trial Using Observational Data (2 credits)
- 340.686.11 Introduction to Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis (2 credits)
- 340.725.11 Methods for Clinical and Translational Research (1 credit)
- 340.767.11 Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Topics and Methods for Health Situation Analysis (2 credits)
- 410.664.11 Improving Global Public Health Through Knowledge Application, Continuous Learning, and Adaptation (3 credits)
III. Students are required to take 12 or more credits in elective or content specific courses. Course options include:
- 221.646.81 Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries (3 credits)
- 700.621.81 Ethics in Clinical Practice: Fundamentals, Problems and Approaches (3 credits)
- 410.755.81 Health Communication Programs I (4 credits)
- 340.861.81 Clinical Trials: Procedures, Design, and Interpretation of Results (3 credits)
- 340.765.89 Professional Epidemiologic Methods: Epidemiologic Intelligence and Population Health Assessments (2 credits)
- 140.664.81 Causal Inference in Medicine and Public Health I (4 Credits)
- 221.645.81 Large-Scale Effectiveness Evaluations of Health Programs (3 credits)
- 410.755.81 Health Communication Programs I (4 credits)
- 221.625.11 Evaluation Plans for Primary Health Care Projects in Low and Middle Income Settings: Evaluating Adequacy of District Level Implementation (3 credits)
- 221.705.11 Monitoring and Evaluation of Health Systems Strengthening in Low and Middle Income Countries (3 credits)
- 221.711.11 Managing District Health Systems in Low and Middle Income Countries (3 credits)
- 312.620.11 Performance Measurement in Health Care (2 credits)
- 340.636.11 Epidemiology in Evidence-Based Policy (2 credits)
- 301.692.51 The Role of Community-Based Organizations (CBOS) and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOS) in Improving Global Public Health (3 credits)
- 340.663.13 Epidemiology Workshop: Interpreting and Using Epidemiologic Evidence
State-specific Information for Online Students
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