Dissemination and Implementation Research in Health (CLSC 7653)

Overview An introduction to dissemination and implementation (D&I) research and practice in the context of health (i.e., translational research in health).
Instructor Borsika Rabin, PhD, MPH, PharmD and Christina Studts, PhD, MSPH, LCSW
Meeting Time Fridays, 11am - 12:30PM Mountain Time
Semester Fall Semester (last week of August through first week of December)
Format Fully online, using a combination of real-time video conferences and self-guided study.
Capacity 15 students
Semester Hours 3
Key Topics The importance and language of D&I science; D&I designs, methods, and measures; differences and
similarities across clinical, public health, and policy settings; tools to guide D&I research and practice; and emerging D&I science areas.


LEARNING OBJECTIVES AND COMPETENCIES | The course addresses a number of beginner and intermediate Dissemination and Implementation Science competencies,1,2 including knowledge of:
-    Key theories, models, and frameworks for D&I
-    How to identify, adapt, and combine D&I theories, models, and frameworks for a research or quality improvement project
-    How D&I outcomes differ from health services research outcomes
-      How to integrate D&I theories, models, and frameworks into a proposal (background, methods, measures, analyses, and implications)
-      Strategies to document and balance adaptations and fidelity
-      How D&I science applies to various clinical and public health settings
This course addresses select Basic Public Health Skills (BPHS) and meets competencies for multiple University of Colorado graduate school programs:
Clinical Sciences Program (CLSC), Health Services Research Program (HSR), and Community Behavioral Health and Education (CBHE).
1Padek et al. Implementation Science, 2015 and 2Tabak et al. Am J Prev Med, 2017
EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS | Students must attend 90% of real-time classes, complete self-study assignments, and participate in discussions. This course is reading-intensive; students must read all assigned materials and be ready to discuss these during class. Required readings, reflections, self-study and written assignment time averages 5-10 hours per week for most students.
ASSIGNMENTS | Evaluation is based on contribution to the discussion in both real time and virtually; weekly reflections and written assignments; and a final written report and oral presentation of a D&I project proposal. We encourage coming into the class with a D&I project idea. Project idea examples include, but are not limited to: theoretical research, quality improvement projects, NIH career development awards, and small NIH research proposals.