Implementation Science in Public Health Programs

Course Description

The course will introduce the concept of Implementation Science (IS) and related terminologies. The course will cover IS methods and how to engage pertinent stakeholders in IS conduct. Participants will discuss case scenarios from real-world settings to understand the types of research questions that can be answered by IS and practical application of IS methodologies. The course will also cover how IS can be used to inform the design and delivery of public health programs, to improve the translation of scientific findings into standard of care, and to scale-up new interventions. Common challenges faced while conducting IS, and strategies to overcome them, will also be discussed.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define IS and related terminologies
  2. Discuss methodologies used in IS
  3. Formulate an IS question
  4. Discuss the benefits of IS and its role in public health programs


A public health or research background is recommended. No prior knowledge of IS required.

Recommended Course Reading List

Prep work for group discussion:

  • Baeten JM, Palanee-Phillips T, et al. Use of a Vaginal Ring Containing Dapivirine for HIV-1 Prevention in Women. NEJM, 2016, DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1506110


Recommended Readings:

  • Brownson RC, Colditz GA, and Proctor EK. Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health, Translating Science to Practice. 2012. Oxford University Press.
  • Damschroder LJ, Aron DC, Keith RE, Kirsh SR, Alexander JA and Lowery JC. Fostering implementation of health services research findings into practice: a consolidated framework for advancing implementation science. Implementation Science 2009;4:50.
  • Rabin BA, Brownson RC, Haire-Joshu D, Kreuter MW, and Weaver NL. A Glossary for Dissemination and Implementation. J Public Health Management Practice, 2008, 14(2), 117–123.
  • World Health Organisation (WHO). Implementation research for the control of infectious diseases of poverty: Strengthening the evidence base for the access and delivery of new and improved tools, strategies and interventions. 2011.


Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha

Dr. Harriet Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha is an Associate Research Scientist at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health (MSPH) and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology. She is a medical doctor with a PhD in Epidemiology and years of experience in HIV programs and research spanning multiple African countries and Europe. Dr. Nuwagaba-Biribonwoha currently manages USG-funded Implementation Science studies to inform HIV prevention, care and treatment programs in Swaziland, and regularly hosts MSPH students on international placements. She is Principal Investigator for a CDC/PEPFAR award to conduct a national HIV incidence survey and strengthen epidemiology and surveillance in Swaziland.

Course Fee

Registration is $225.00


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Hammer LL207

Hammer Health Sciences Building
701 West 168th Street
New York, NY 10032

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