Gillings Global Implementation Laboratory

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Course Overview  |  Project Locations and Partners  |  Syllabus  |  Student Reflections


Course Overview

The Gillings Global Implementation Lab (GGIL) is an exciting new three credit hour, graduate-level, interdisciplinary, field-based course in which students apply knowledge and experience to systematically design and implement solutions to complex public health problems in North Carolina and around the world.  Teams of 5-8 students build problem solving and implementation capacity working on a public health project in partnership with governmental, non-governmental or private sector organizations.  Students acquire valuable applied experience and develop generalizable insights and sound implementation practices.

The approach we have adopted in this course is for students to do the preparatory work of building rapport with the partner organization, identifying an improvement opportunity, developing performance metrics, understanding the process, and collecting baseline performance data during the weeks prior to spring break. From this preparatory work, the students identify potential improvement solutions, and in collaboration with the partner organization, select one small solution for implementation. This solution is implemented during spring break and a monitoring plan put in place. After spring break, post implementation performance data is collected to assess whether the change has resulted in improvement. A process evaluation plan is also put in place to assess fidelity and compliance.

GGIL has three components:

1) Online modules

Learn concepts and implementation science tools and skills needed for the particular implementation issue addressed in the course. Students and selected staff from the partner organization interact to understand context, analyze data and create a plan for addressing the implementation need.

2) Field experience

Visit the partner site in conjunction with course faculty and implement the ideas developed in the plan.

3) Documentation

Document work in partnership with the host organization for dissemination as an example of implementation practice.


Project Locations and Partners

(Spring 2014 Offering)

In Spring 2014, this 2-section course will be conducted in two locations: Delhi, India and Raleigh, North Carolina. A separate cohort of students will work in each location. In Delhi, the project partner is FHI360, an international NGO. In North Carolina, the project partner is Wake County Human Services.




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Course Syllabus: Spring 2014


Student Reflections

Delhi, India Cohort

Raleigh, North Carolina Cohort