Title: Implementation research for public health
Keywords: research methodology
Research design
Quantitative methods
Qualitative methods
Local / regional
Country: Indonesia
Institution: Indonesia - Post Graduate Programme, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta
Course coordinator: Yodi Mahendradhata
Date start: 2021-04-19
Date end: 2021-04-30
About duration and dates: 3 weeks including pre-reading. Face to face: 2 weeks Final assignment: 1 week
Classification: advanced optional
Mode of delivery: Face to face
Course location:
Postgraduate Program in Public Health, Faculty of Medicine, Public Health and Nursing, Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), Yogyakarta, Indonesia
ECTS credit points: 4 ECTS credits
Lecture (in class): 18 x 2 hours= 36 hours
Lab Session: 2 x 2 hours = 4 hours
Tutorial: 5 x 2 hours= 10 hours
Self-directed learning: 42 hours
Assessment (pre-test, midterm, presentation): 5 hours
Preparing final assignment: 25 hours
Language: English
By the end of the course students should be able to:
• Explain the characteristics of implementation research
• Identify public health context, which possibly contain implementation research problems
• Formulate implementation research problem statement
• Identify implementation research strategy
• Design implementation research study
• Plan capacity building in performing implementation research
• Plan dissemination and scaling up after conducting implementation research
Assessment Procedures:
Students will take pre-test as soon as they are enrolled in the course (1 hour). This test will evaluate students’ preparation for the course.

At the end of first week, students will have midterm test (1 hour). Presentation as the examination will be conducted at the end of the course (3 hours).

Each student has to design an implementation research study and write it into a proposal as the final assignment. At the end of course, students have to present their proposal. The complete proposal should be submitted 7 days after lectures have ended.

The assessment of tis course is weighted as follows:
1. Pre-test: 10%
2. Midterm: 20%
3. Presentation: 20%
4. Final assignment: 50%

If student does not achieve more than 60%, students are required to improve their proposal and submit it within 2 weeks after grade announcement.
1. Defining and conceptualizing implementation research (IR)
2. Key theories and popular conceptual framework in IR
3. Implementation research outcomes: a framework for conducting implementation research
4. Development of IR questions
5. Lab 1: Defining rational for implementation research
6. Lab 2: Formulating implementation research problem statements and objectives
7. Refining IR question
8. Defining IR strategy
9. Common study designs in IR
10. Pragmatic trial
11. Effectiveness-Implementation Hybrid Trials
12. Step Wedged designs
13. Adaptive designs
14. Action research
15. Realist evaluation
16. Quality improvement studies
17. Mixed Method
18. Capacity building
19. Dissemination & scaling up
20. Recap session
Students will receive course materials 7 days in advance. Students should read the materials received as self-directed learning prior to the course commencing.

There will be 17 sessions of lecture in class, 2 lab sessions, and 5 tutorial sessions in which each session is 2 hours. During these sessions, student will be guided to develop an implementation research proposal.

Students are required to undertake self-directed learning for 42 hours after course has commenced until the course is completed

Pre-test, exam, and midterm: 5 hours

Preparing final assignment: 25 hour
• Students must be enrolled in an MPH or M.Sc programme at the postgraduate level at a university recognized by the Indonesian Ministry of Research and Higher Education.
• Students should pass the introductory course on epidemiology, biostatistics and research methodologies.
• English proficiency:
Certificate for English TOEFL test with at least a score of 550 points (paper based) or 213 points (computer-based) or 79/80 (internet-based) or IELTS band 6.0.
The maximum number of students that may enroll in this course is 20 students.

Student with minimum 75% of attendance are eligible to take the course final examination.
First come first serve
Tuition fee is 500 euro for tropEd students, excluding living cost
not available
tropEd accreditation:
Accredited in July 2018. This accreditation is valid until July 2023.
Reading material:
Implementation Research Toolkit:
Implementation Research:
IR Outcome:
Implementation Research: A Synthesis of Literature:
Consolidated framework for Implementation research:
Implementation Strategy
Mixed Method Study design
Creswell, J. W. (2015). A concise introduction to mixed methods research. Thousand Oaks, California: SAGE.
Email Address: Yodi_Mahendradhata@yahoo.co.uk
Date Of Record Creation: 2018-07-03 08:16:53 (W3C-DTF)
Date Of Record Release: 2018-07-03 12:39:45 (W3C-DTF)
Date Record Checked: 2018-07-03 (W3C-DTF)
Date Last Modified: 2020-09-17 09:55:44 (W3C-DTF)

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