What is the course about?
By the end of this course, students will:
- Become familiar with key concepts in the emerging area of implementation science;
- Build problem-solving and implementation capacity in local and international global health settings;
- Develop generalisable insights and best implementation practices.
Who is this course for?
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.
What do I need to know?
Students will come from a variety of disciplines, but the course is generally best suited for advanced undergraduate and graduate students.
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.
This MOOC is developed by the Centre Virchow-Villerme (a joint initiative between Charité and USPC) and is produced in collaboration with Université Paris Descartes, University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health.
The content of this MOOC is under Creative Commins licence CC-BY-SA.
Professor Suzanne M. Babich, DrPH, MS
Associate Dean of Global Health, Professor of Health Policy and Management
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.
She is also Adjunct Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Gillings School of Global Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill where prior to joining IUPUI she directed the UNC Executive Doctoral Program in Health Leadership, a groundbreaking professional doctoral degree program for mid- to senior-level health practitioners working full-time around the world.
Her professional interests include health care leadership and the science and practice of people-centered health systems. An award-winning educator, she has extensive experience in online education and competency based curricula. In addition, her professional expertise includes dietary guidance policy (domestic and international), cultural proficiency in health services delivery, and policy development and advocacy.
She is a Commissioner and member of the Accreditation Council for the Council on Accreditation of Health Management Education (CAHME) and an adjunct member of the Board of Accreditation, European Agency for Public Health Education Accreditation (APHEA). She has been a long-time expert and advisor for the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH) on the development of professional doctoral program curricula and pedagogy.
She has a particular interest in online and flexible learning. With colleagues in Africa and support from the Rockefeller Foundation, she is leading an effort to establish a Pan-African doctoral program in health leadership. She is also working with CAHME and APHEA to pilot accreditation processes for online public and global health graduate programs. A registered dietitian, professional health writer and former newspaper columnist, she is also (as Suzanne Havala Hobbs) the author of 14 consumer diet and health books and more than 600 newspaper columns and magazine articles that translate research into practical recommendations for the public. A champion of public universities, she believes that excellence in local public health requires a global perspective.