Far too often in public health, there is a gap between knowing and doing – i.e., between the time discoveries that would benefit people’s health are made and when they are put into practice. At the Gillings School, we are impatient for change that improves public health. That’s why more than 100 people across the School conduct research on implementation. Timely adoption of proven solutions for the world’s great public health threats can save lives. Getting these solutions to people faster and more efficiently saves even more lives.
Implementation science is one of the most important areas of growth in public health and we have outstanding expertise across the Gillings School of Global Public Health. It has become increasingly clear that evidence-based interventions are rarely adopted on their own merits. Researchers may discover how to address a specific problem, but many implementation bottlenecks (social, behavioral, economic, and management) stand in the way of quickly and efficiently integrating the research findings into clinical practice and public health programs. At the Gillings School, we are putting science into service to get our research findings and effective interventions to the people who need them. Over 100 Gillings School faculty members are engaged in implementation science research and many of our students participate in the Implementation Science Student Group (ISSG), a graduate student organization that seeks to increase exposure to high quality implementation science research, training, and resources and organizes the Implementation Science Seminar Series.
MEASURE Evaluation, a large practical research program, is led by a team of Gillings School faculty members and funded by USAID to strengthen capacity in developing countries to gather, interpret, and use data to improve health. It’s one of the largest implementation science programs anywhere.
Additional Research in the Field of Implementation Science
Implementation Science Courses
The following list highlights implementation science courses that are offered at the Gillings School of Global Public Health. Additional courses in implementation science are offered through the School of Nursing, Kenan-Flagler Business School, School of Media and Journalism, School of Education, and School of Social Work. A comprehensive list of those courses can be found here.
HBHE 730 Theoretical Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science HPM 955 Strategic Thinking and Implementation
HBHE 772 Planning Public Health Interventions
HPM 320 Introduction to Strategic Planning and Marketing
HPM 620 Implementing Health Informatics Initiatives
HPM 767 Disseminating Evidence and Innovation in Cancer Care
ENVR 683 Water-Health Research I
PUBH 767 Team Leadership in Research Navigation
PUBH 717 Gillings Global Implementation Lab
PUBH 716 Implementing Global Health Interventions
PUBH 730 Quality Improvement and Leadership
MHCH 890 Implementation Science for Global Maternal & Child Health
HBHE 730 Theoretical Foundations of Social and Behavioral Science
HPM 955 Strategic Thinking and Implementation
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