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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 
Implementation Science Concentration

1. Participate in and lead collaborative multidisciplinary teams that promote a blending of disciplines to inform and evaluate implementation strategies.

2. Integrate diverse perspectives including those from communities and experts into a cogent intervention design and/or implementation strategy for health programs and policies.

3. Characterize optimal implementation processes to support iterative cycles of implementation and adaptation based on learning.

4. Integrate didactic and practice-based experience to support methodologically sound evaluation of implementation processes and outcomes to inform implementation.

5. Analyze frameworks to improve synthesis and integration of diverse data from multiple sources to inform policy and practice.

6. Present and interpret demographic, statistical, programmatic, and scientific information to inform decision making by policy makers and other professional and lay audiences.


Concentration Faculty

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.

Stefan Baral, MD

Melissa Davey-Rothwell, PhD


Concentration Curriculum

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*.

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):


II.  Students are required to take 9 or more credits in methodology and analysis courses. Course options include:

First Term

Third Term

Fourth Term

Summer Institute


III. Students are required to take 12 or more credits in elective or content specific courses. Course options include:

First Term

Second Term

Third Term

Fourth Term

Summer Institute

Winter Institute


State-specific Information for Online Students

Students should be aware of additional state-specific information for online programs.