Course Goals

  • Distinguish between implementation research and other related fields; including health services research, comparative effectiveness research, and dissemination research
  • Understand how to develop implementation research interventions and evaluations
  • Identify current options for funding and career development in implementation research

Introduction to Implementation Research: Designing & Evaluating Interventions is an online course that outlines the suite of qualitative, quantitative, and mixed research methods that address the facilitators and barriers to the translation of evidence into practice in healthcare, i.e., the field of implementation research. Designed as an introduction to the theory and methods of implementation research, participants will have the opportunity to gain experience designing and developing a study to evaluate a healthcare implementation research question using clinical examples with a U.S.-centric focus.

Session dates

August 28 – October 23, 2024

Time commitment

Online course work and assignments averaging two to three hours per week over eight weeks.


Investigators who want to understand and apply implementation research (IR) methods to their research.

We believe that the research community is strengthened by understanding how a number of factors including gender identity, sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, socioeconomic status, culture, religion, national origin, language, disability, and age shape the environment in which we live and work, affect each of our personal identities, and impacts all areas of human health.


MPH, MD, PhD, DMD, Pharm. D, BSN, or equivalent clinical training or health sciences degree.


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Accreditation Statement

The Harvard Catalyst Education Program is accredited by the Massachusetts Medical Society to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Harvard Catalyst Education Program’s policy requires full participation and the completion of all activity surveys to be eligible for CME credit; no partial credit is allowed.