MOOC The Science of Global Health Implementation

About the course

By the end of this course, students will:

  1. Become familiar with key concepts in the emerging area of implementation science;
  2. Build problem-solving and implementation capacity in local and international global health settings;
  3. Develop generalisable insights and best implementation practices.

Course team

Sue Babich is a practitioner scholar dedicated to leading and supporting change to improve the public’s health. On July 1, 2015 she became Associate Dean of Global Health and Professor, Health Policy and Management, at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), USA. There she works across the school and campus and around the world to advance teaching, research and service in public and global health. She has a special interest in interdisciplinary education and applications of technology for innovative approaches to programming.


6 weeks

Course plan

Chapter 0: Welcome
Students will discover the MOOC, its organisation and its main objectives.
They will be introduced to the notion of implementation science, its definition and how it can be a powerful tools for their research projects. They will discover practical examples of why we need implementation science.

Chapter 1: Preparing for change
Students will discover how to prepare their organisation for change.
Explanations will be given about the Lewin Stage Model, the theory of organisational readiness for change. Students will dive deeper into the topic with a case study.

Chapter 2: Designing change
Students will discover design thinking, a systematic way of introducing innovation into an organisation.
Many videos will present practical tools and methods (brainswarming, thinking hats, etc.). Design thinking will be illustrated with case presentation in the field of social innovation.

Chapter 3 : Implementing change
Students will explore tools and methods to implement their innovative solution (Implementation drivers and stages as well as the Hexagon Tools).
Students will dive deeper into the topic with a case study.

Chapter 4 : Sustaining change
Students will explore how to ensure that implementation continues over time.
They will discover key concepts such as the Run Charts, the wastes in Lean as well as the PDSA cycle and the Impact effort Matrix. A last cast study will be presented.

Chapter 5 : Final assessment
The last chapter will be dedicated to the final assessment.

Researchers, practitioners and students in Europe, the US and around the world interested in successful implementation of complex health programs that involve multiple interrelated clinical and public health solutions. The target audience includes employees of Ministries of Health, program and project managers in non-governmental organisations and advanced undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of health disciplines (medicine, public health, dentistry, nursing, pharmacy) as well as in fields such as engineering, management and economics.

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