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Introduction to Quality Improvement & Knowledge Translation Research

1st term
Clinical Investigation
3 credits
Academic Year:
2021 - 2022
Instruction Method:
Auditors Allowed:
Grading Restriction:
Letter Grade or Pass/Fail
Course Instructors:
  • Lisa Lubomski
  • Quincy Samus
Lisa Lubomski

Introduction to Online Learning is required prior to participating in any of the School's Internet-based courses.


Introduces the basic principles of quality improvement/knowledge translation (QI/KT) research, and focuses on efforts aimed at increasing the extent to which patients receive evidence-based therapies. Didactic presentations and in-class discussions of the concepts, methods, and applications of QI/KT theory and practice use examples and methods from real-world QI/KT projects, Faculty with expertise in QI/KT research and interventions facilitate course sessions. Students taking the course for a grade develop a research paper and give a brief presentation related to one of the following criteria: outlines the development of a research proposal for a specific QI/KT topic; critically appraises a published guideline; systematically reviews of the literature around a QI/KT topic.

Learning Objectives:

Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to:

  1. Summarize the importance of and point of view regarding quality improvement/knowledge translation for policymakers, providers, and the public
  2. Describe one conceptual framework for quality improvement/knowledge translation research
  3. Identify and assess barriers and facilitators for quality improvement/knowledge translation interventions
  4. Discuss issues regarding the selection, tailoring, and implementation of quality improvement/knowledge translation interventions
  5. Apply the concepts and tools to a quality improvement/knowledge translation project of the student's choosing
Methods of Assessment:

Students will be evaluated based on participation in in-class discussions and attendance (25%); an in class presentation (25%); and a final paper (50%).

Instructor Consent:

No consent required