Syllabus for course on doctoral level
Folkhälsovetenskaplig interventions- och implementeringsforskning
Public health intervention and implementation research
Institutet för miljömedicin
At the end of the course the student should be able to:
1. Define core concepts in intervention and implementation research
2. Understand the concept of evidence-based public health
3. Understand how to critically appraise published intervention and implementation studies, as well as systematic reviews in public health
4. Design an intervention study, which includes a relevant problem theory and a programme theory, as well as appraisal of ethical aspects
5. Design the implementation of an evidence-based programme or practice, and describe the design of the evaluation
As this course aims at giving doctoral students knowledge in theory, method and practice in the field of public health intervention and implementation research, the content focuses on the following themes:
1. Models and frameworks, including core concepts and their interrelation, within the field of intervention and implementation research
2. How to apply a theoretical perspective based in public health science, using relevant change theories
3. Models of intervention and implementation programmes in a multilevel perspective and the design of evaluation studies
4. Intervention and implementation core components, success factors and barriers
5. Application of ethics on specific subjects/areas of intervention, implementation and evaluation
6. Systematic and critical appraisal of published intervention and implementation studies
7. Dissemination of scientific results
The course is based on lectures in combination with seminars in order to promote a reflective, analytical and critical approach towards this research field. The course will also use group work and group discussions to promote the students active participation in their learning process, as well as the ability to accomplish tasks both individually and in groups. All teaching activities aim at enhancing the student¿s ability to apply for example core concepts and theory/theoretical frameworks, not the least ethical aspects, in an analytical and reflective practice of their own in order to apply this on the students own research projects.
Participation in scheduled seminars and group work is compulsory. Absence is compensated through a written summary of the literature for the seminar where the absence occurred.
The students¿ knowledge and skills in theory, method and practice in the field of public health interventions and implementation research will be assessed in relation to the expected learning outcomes through the following examinations:
a. Active participation in seminars with presentations, in discussions and short seminar reports
b. A written project report and an oral presentation of the report
Fixsen DL, Naoom SF, Blase KA, Friedman RM, Wallace F (2005) Implementation research: A synthesis of the literature. University of South Florida, Tampa.
Fraser MW, Richman, JM, Galinsky MJ, Day SH (2009) Intervention research: Developing social programs.
Bhattacharyya O, Reeves S, Zwarenstein M. What Is Implementation Research? Rationale, Concepts, and Practices. Res Social Work Prac. 2009 Sep;19(5):491-502.
Brownson RC, Fielding JE, Maylahn CM. Evidence-based public health: a fundamental concept for public health practice. Annu Rev Public Health. 2009 Apr 29;30:175-201.
Durlak JA, DuPre, EP. Am J Community Psychol. 2008 Jun;41(3-4):327-50. Implementation matters: a review of research on the influence of implementation on program outcomes and the factors affecting implementation.
Rabin BA, Brownson RC, Haire-Joshu D, Kreuter MW, Weaver NL. A glossary for dissemination and implementation research in health. J Public Health Manag Pract. 2008 Mar-Apr;14(2):117-23.
Further articles may be added in consultation with the course lecturers.
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