Implementation Science, Certificate

The Implementation Science Certificate Program will leverage the strengths of the University of Pennsylvania (e.g., clinical focus, learning health system, behavioral economics) to build implementation science capacity. Through a combination of didactics, experiential learning, and mentorship, the certificate program will facilitate the development of the next generation of trainees conducting impactful implementation research and practice.

The certificate program aims to equip trainees with the knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous, contextualized, and meaningful implementation research and practice. Specifically, the training will enable trainees to meet the following competencies:

  • Describe theory and frameworks to design implementation research studies
  • Describe multilevel contextual factors that impact implementation to execute implementation research at multiple ecological levels (i.e., individual, organizational, community, and policy)
  • Select appropriate research methodologies for implementation science (e.g., randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental trials, adaptive trials, observational studies)
  • Describe measurement issues and implementation outcomes
  • Design mixed methods research
  • Describe importance of cultivating community partnerships and inter-disciplinary research teams to improve practice partnerships
  • Identify ethical issues specific to implementation research, including considerations of justice and equity
  • Communicate research findings clearly to diverse stakeholder audiences, using plain language


Core Requirements
Select 3 CU from the following:3
Foundations in Implementation Science
Implementation Science in Health and Health Care
Implementation Science Institute
Ethics and Equity in Implementation Science
Mixed Methods in Implementation Science
Elective Requirement
Select 1 CU from the following:1
Project Development in Implementation Sciences
Advanced Topics in Implementation Science in Health
Practicum in Implementation Science
Any approved elective
Total Course Units4

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.