Course catalogue doctoral education - HT22

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Title Implementation Research in Health
Course number 5540
Programme Public Health Science
Language English
Credits 5.0
Date 2022-03-28 -- 2022-04-26
Responsible KI department The institute of Environmental Medicine
Specific entry requirements
Purpose of the course The purpose of the course is to educate doctoral students in the latest knowledge regarding theory and methods in the field of dissemination and implementation research to promote the systematic uptake of research findings into routine practice.
Intended learning outcomes At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
1. Define core concepts in dissemination and implementation research
2. Apply knowledge and understanding of theories, models and frameworks of implementation research
3. Demonstrate how to develop a program theory for an implementation study
4. Design a process and outcome evaluation of an implementation study
5. Apply knowledge of mixed-methods evaluations
6. Critically appraise published implementation studies in health
Contents of the course As this course aims at giving doctoral students knowledge in theory and methods in implementation research in health, the content focuses on the following themes:
1. Theories, models, and frameworks in implementation research
2. How to apply a theoretical perspective using relevant change theories
3. Implementation strategies, barriers and facilitators
4. Appropriate study designs for process and outcome evaluation
5. Systematic and critical appraisal of published implementation studies
6. Dissemination of scientific results
Teaching and learning activities 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 assignments and group discussions to promote the student's 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 core concepts and theoretical frameworks, not the least ethical aspects, in an analytical and reflective practice and to apply this on the students own research projects. All teachers in the course are active researchers in the field of intervention and implementation research.
Compulsory elements Participation in group work and examination is compulsory. Absence is compensated through a written summary of the literature for the seminar where the absence occurred.
Examination The students' knowledge and skills in theory and methods in the field of implementation research will be assessed in relation to the expected learning outcomes through the following examinations:
a. The contribution to seminars with presentations, in discussions and short seminar reports.
b. A written project report, oral presentation of the report and opposition.
Literature and other teaching material Mandatory literature:
Brownson RC, Colditz GA, Proctor EK (2018) (mandatory literature).
Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health: Translating Science to Practice.

Additional articles will be recommended during the course.
Number of students 12 - 25
Selection of students Selection will be based on the relevance of the course syllabus for the applicant's doctoral project (according to written motivation)
More information The course will be given 2-3 days per week, with home-work in the form of group/individual assignments in between meetings. This course has previously been given as a 7,5 HEC course, with the course number 2454.
Additional course leader
Latest course evaluation Course evaluation report
Course responsible Lydia Kwak
The institute of Environmental Medicine
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