If you’re looking for an in-person training program, or a more in-depth or immersive experience, check out these training programs.

Combination trainings (in-person & online)

Implementation – Theory and application in health care PhD course on Implementation Science from Linköping University

The implementation research program at Linköping University offers a highly acclaimed annual course at the postgraduate level that has been given yearly since 2011. Teachers in the course are both from Linköping University and other universities. The course has garnered highly favorable course assessments and attracts PhD students from across Sweden as well as participants from the neighboring Nordic countries.

This PhD-level course provides a broad introduction to the development of implementation science and the research conducted in this field. The aim is to increase understanding of the challenges of implementation in healthcare and convey in-depth knowledge concerning theories, models and frameworks that are of practical use in the participants’ own implementation studies.

The course is taught in English. Work is conducted on half-time basis and course participants meet in Linköping on three occasions for lectures and group discussions. Course materials are studied in between these meetings.

Knowledge into Action Professional Development course offered by University of Oxford

Knowledge into Action is a professional development course offered by the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford. This course is part of the MSc in Evidence-Based Health Care, the Postgraduate Diploma in Health Research and the Postgraduate Certificate in Health Research. The course is also available as an accredited short course in Health Sciences. The course is held over 8 weeks, with one week spent in Oxford for the face to face teaching week. The aim of this course is to introduce implementation science and related interdisciplinary perspectives on the links between research evidence, practice and policy.

Practicing Knowledge Translation (PKT)

PKT is a five-day in-person workshop with webinars pre- and post-workshop that focuses on applying KT science to inform implementation. The course is designed for professionals implementing changes and focuses on how to apply KT to real-world implementation projects.

Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (TIDIRH)

The TIDIRH has been reformatted to incorporate a 5-month online course (six webinar sessions with related assignments) and a 2-day in-person training in the Washington D.C. area that meets in conjunction with the Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation in Health.

The program is designed to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation research in health across all areas of health and health care. Faculty and guest lecturers are leading experts (practitioners and teachers) in theory, implementation, and evaluation approaches to D&I; creating partnerships and multilevel, transdisciplinary research teams; research design, methods, and analyses appropriate for D&I investigations; and conducting research at different and multiple levels of intervention (e.g., clinical, community, policy).

Training Institute for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (TIDIRC)

TIDIRC Facilitated Course: The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) hosts this training institute to provide participants with a thorough grounding in conducting dissemination and implementation (D&I) research with a specific focus on cancer, across the cancer control continuum. In 2021, the institute will be held virtually and feature an expanded curriculum. Faculty and guest lecturers consist of leading experts in D&I theories, models, and frameworks; intervention fidelity and adaptation; stakeholder engagement and partnership for D&I; research methods and study designs for D&I; and measures and outcomes for D&I.

TIDIRC OpenAccess: The modules can be viewed together as a whole or individually by section. In the facilitated course, trainees move through the online modules after establishing a D&I research project idea. Each module consists of viewing videos, completing readings, and responding to assignment questions to build up their project idea. Trainees then workshop their proposed projects by incorporating knowledge gained from each of the online sections.

Training Opportunities (In-person; 1 week or less)

Implementation Science Masterclass

The Implementation Science Masterclass is a two-day course for health professionals, researchers, patients and service users who aim to ensure health services routinely offer treatment and care that is based on the most recent research evidence and quality improvement principles. It is organized by NIHR CLAHRC South London and held annually. Watch a short film about the Masterclass, or read an evaluation article about the event from 2014-2019.

The Masterclass includes lectures from world-renowned experts in the field, small group workshops facilitated by leading researchers, and advice on how to work more effectively on your own implementation projects. If you are a researcher, health professional, patient or service user involved in an implementation project within health services, or planning to carry out, or to evaluate one, then this Masterclass will be of interest to you.

The Implementation Science Masterclass is typically held immediately before or after the UK Implementation Science Annual Research Conference.

Knowledge Translation (KT) Canada Summer Institute

The KT Summer Institute is held annually in Toronto, Canada for graduate students, postdoctoral and clinical fellows, and junior faculty who study issues relevant to KT and those who want to learn more about how to advance their research skills in this area. Past KT Summer Institute themes include “Evaluations in KT”, “KT interventions”, and “Patient-oriented research”.

Bolstering the Work Force to Advance Change Effectively – UNC Implementation Science Institute

This Summer Institute seeks to provide foundational knowledge of implementation science and to build professional and graduate students’ knowledge, skills, and strategies for supporting change using implementation best practices. Through interdisciplinary professional development and seminar series, this Summer Institute orients participants to the skills and competencies of implementation practice and fosters the development of foundational skills needed to support the use of evidence in practice.

Center for Health Innovation & Implementation Science “Agile Implementation” Short Course

The CHIIS “Agile Implementation” short course is a one-day course that will provide you with key insights into their Agile Implementation (AI) frameworks. This course is geared towards providing a general understandig of what theories and methodologies are at the core of the AI perspective and to introduce you to the AI quality improvement process.

Duke Population Health Science Summer Institute

The virtual Summer Institute is now offering ten workshops, taught by expert Duke Faculty, that will support your research goals. You’ll strengthen your foundational knowledge in population health sciences and learn new research methods to help see questions from new perspectives. This year we’re offering two topical introductory courses in Population Health Sciences and Patient-Reported Outcomes (PROs) that touch on research methods. The remaining eight offer a variety of research methods in a more specific context.

Scientist Knowledge Translation Training Program offered by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)

This training course was developed on the premise that scientists, and increasingly, other practitioners and educators, are agents of change in creating research impact, promoting research utilization and ensuring that research findings reach the appropriate audiences. This course was designed to teach the unique skill set that surrounds KT practice. The course is equally suited to KT professionals, clinicians, clinician-scientists, educators and decision makers. The material is universally applicable across sectors, job roles and geographic location. Two day course held in Toronto, Canada.

Scientist Knowledge Translation Training Australia offered by Knowledge Translation Australia through partnership with SickKids

A knowledge translation (KT) or research translation plan is emerging as a research requirement. The SKTT™ workshop was developed on the premise that researchers are agents of change in creating research impact, promoting research utilization, and ensuring that research findings reach the appropriate knowledge user audiences. This workshop was designed to teach the unique skillset that surrounds KT practice.

The SKTT™ workshop was developed at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto, Canada. A world-leader in KT research and practice, SickKids is partnering with Knowledge Translation Australia™ to offer a tailored SKTT™ curriculum relevant to the Australian context. Two day workshop held in Sydney, Australia.

Penn Implementation Science Institute (June 7–10, 2021)

Implementation science has emerged as a discipline to bridge the research-to-practice gap. Implementation research is the scientific study of methods to improve the adoption, implementation, and sustainment of evidence-based practices in health services settings.

The purpose of the Implementation Science Institute is to provide participants with the tools to design and execute rigorous implementation science research. The Institute will give an introduction to the foundations of implementation science (i.e., terminology, conceptual models and frameworks, study design). Students will also receive an overview of advanced topics including implementation strategies and sustainability. The course directors will cover tips for grant writing, skill development and time will be spent writing specific aims for Implementation Science grants. We will also explicitly describe how principles of implementation science can be applied to practical implementation efforts.

University of Washington Intensive Course in Fundamentals of IS in Global Health

This course will be of interest to researchers, policy makers, funders, and practitioners working in low and middle income settings who are interested in an intensive introduction to Implementation Science.

Mentored training programs

Implementation Research Institute

The Implementation Research Institute (IRI) was established to advance the field of implementation science in mental health by enhancing the career development of early to mid-career investigators. The IRI fellowship program is a two year program. As an IRI fellow you will spend one-week each summer at the Center for Mental Health Services Research at Washington University in St. Louis, followed by individualized mentoring with an expert Implementation researcher.

Certificate programs

Certificate in Health Innovation and Implementation Science from the Indiana University School of Medicine

This part-time graduate level certificate program blends online instruction with one weekend per month classroom instruction in Indianapolis, Indiana. Clinicians and administrators earning the certificate will be equipped to spearhead the discovery and implementation of new cost-effective, patient-centric and value-based care delivery models, as well as implement evidence-based practices into routine patient care by applying innovation and implementation science concepts into their everyday work environments in a wide range of settings including physician offices, clinics, therapy centers, surgical practices, health care agencies, hospitals, and industry.

Online Courses and Certificate Program in Implementation Science from the University of California at San Francisco (UCSF)

The Online Certificate Program is a one-year, part-time program consisting of a series of six online courses focused on theories and methods relevant to the design of strategies to facilitate uptake of health-related interventions. Scholars can choose to take individual courses instead of completing all courses required for the Certificate. The Online Courses and Certificate program are designed for people from a broad range of professional settings who are currently engaged in the development, implementation, and evaluation of strategies 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. We welcome trainees who work in clinical and public health settings within and outside the U.S.

Online Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science from the University of Melbourne

The Spcialist Certificate in Implementation Science is an online, 6-month, part-time program that was developed by the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Evidence and Implementation Science (CEI). This course systematically explores how applying implementation can ensure the success of evidence-based practice in ehalth education and social welfare.

Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate offered by The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and the University of Toronto

The Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate™ (KTPC) is a five day professional initiative. The curriculum, presented as a composite of didactic and interactive teaching, focuses on the core competencies of KT work in Canada, as identified by a survey of knowledge translation practitioners (Barwick et al., 2010). The KTPC™ course is aimed at developing the competencies of KT practitioners working across all disciplines such as health, education, prevention/promotion, agriculture and others. However you identify yourself professionally, this course is for you if you serve an intermediary role between science and practice. Five day course held in Toronto, Canada.

Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization offered by the University of Guelph

The Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization is designed to develop participants’ knowledge, skills and values with respect to knowledge mobilization (KMb) and build capacity to select and apply KMb tools and techniques to move knowledge into action.

The Certificate in KMb was designed for professionals currently employed or aiming to work in the social sciences, human services and health sectors. The program also welcomes graduate students interested in building KMb skills or planning to work in one of these fields.

Master’s degree programs

Master’s Degree in Clinical Research, Implementation Science Track from the University of California at San Francisco

The Master’s Degree Program in Clinical Research is a two-year course of study intended for scholars who wish to master clinical research methods and pursue clinical research careers. The Implementation Science (IS) Track is ideal for researchers who plan to pursue the development, implementation and/or evaluation of policies, practice-based interventions and/or community-based programs.

Master of Science in Epidemiology – Implementation Science focus at University of the Witwatersrand

The Master of Science in Epidemiology Program is an 18 month (full-time) or 3 year (part-time) degree and will appeal to students who want to become more involved in health research. The degree will focus on the principles and practice of epidemiology, biostatics, data management and implementation research. The Program provides the tools with which to learn about the etiology and the risks of diseases, the opportunities for prevention, the cost, effectiveness and integration of various diagnostic and therapeutic approaches in the health systems and the health status of populations.

Master of Science in Applied Health Social Sciences at University of Ghana School of Public Health

Applied Health Social Sciences is a new interdisciplinary field which emphasizes the application of the entire range of Health Social Science disciplines (such as Sociology, Psychology, Economics, Anthropology) to Public Health and the application of Social Science research methodologies and Implementation Research to promote health and well-being. The MSc/MPhil AHSS program is a one-year program designed for university graduates and health professionals from all disciplines (both humanities and sciences) with work experience in health-related fields who desire to have expertise in the application of health social science research methodologies to address health issues for effective program implementation and delivery.

Doctoral programs

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health DrPH program

The DrPH concentration in Implementation Science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health 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.

UNC-Chapel Hill Residential PhD Progam

The residential doctoral program in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health Department of Health Policy & Management is designed to provide students with competencies, an academic foundation, and research experience to become independent and creative health services/health policy researchers. The Organization and Implementation Science minor has been newly created to equip doctoral students with the knowledge and skills to conduct implementation research, while preserving their marketability for faculty positions in health care organization and management.

University of Washington Department of Global Health PhD program

The Department of Global Health, in collaboration with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation and Health Alliance International, have developed a PhD program in Global Health that builds on their faculty expertise in the areas of metrics and implementation science. The PhD program provides students with the latest and msot innovative tools to advance global health solutions that are critical for decision-making and priority setting. The Implementation Science area of emphasis focuses on developing diverse, state of the art methodologies to understand and improve complex health systems to close the gap between incomplete evidence on interventions into effective programs.

Postdoctoral fellowship programs

Prevention and Control of Cancer: Training in Implementation Science (PRACCTIS) offered by the University of Massachusetts Medical School

PRACCTIS is a full-time NCI-funded postdoctoral fellowship training program designed to provide the next generation of cancer prevention and control researchers with the knowledge and skill sets to eliminate gaps in translation of research to practice along the cancer continuum. This includes primary prevention (e.g. obesity, diet, physical activity, tobacco, sun exposure), cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. This 2-3 year program includes didactic training in implementation science and mentored research opportunities in collaboration with clinical, public health and community practice-based organizations.

VA Advanced Fellowship Program in Health Services Research and Development

This fellowship program seeks to apply the content expertise, mentoring, and educational infrastructure at selected COIN sites to provide advanced inter-professional training opportunities for physicians and associated health professionals in innovative health services research, implementation science, and healthcare system improvement.