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Implementation Science (P. Grad. Cert.)

1 year part-time ; 20 places


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Course Director

Professor Catherine Hayes

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1087;


Course Description


The Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science course has been designed to improve the knowledge and skills of health, social care and education professionals who have responsibility for implementation of policies, programmes or projects in the area of Implementation Science. This internationally accredited course includes contributions from leading policymakers, senior managers and researchers in health, social care and education systems in Ireland and the US thus ensuring a practical focus and equipping participants with the skills and theoretical understanding needed to implement policies, programmes and interventions effectively in a rapidly changing environment. Particular emphasis is placed on the importance of interdisciplinary exchange within small group settings. Case studies and class discussion will facilitate the application of learning. The course is designed to cater for the needs of EU and non-EU students. The Course is a Level 9 course on the National Framework of Qualifications.

Course Aims

  1. To impart the core theory of IS to health, social care and education practitioners and to support the application of IS in the health, social care and domains of practice.
  2. To analyse the factors enabling or impeding implementation in a variety of settings.
  3. To foster multi-disciplinary learning in an academic setting where the multi-disciplinary and multi-organisational backgrounds of the students will be developed as a source of learning
  4. To provide a firm foundation for those who wish to undertake research in IS.

Course Structure and Timetable

The course is a taught programme, delivered over one academic year between September and May comprising 30 ECTS credits in a total of six modules:

  • Core Elements of Implementation Science Part 1 (5 credits)
  • Core Elements of Implementation Science Part 2 (5 credits)
  • Information for implementation-using data to drive the implementation agenda (5 credits)
  • Managing People in Organisations - Management and organisation behaviour (5 credits)
  • Managing people in Organisations - Human resources management in implementation (5 credits)
  • Project Management (5 credits)

Each module is typically three days duration (Wednesday/Thursday/Friday) and consists of a combination of formal face-to-face teaching sessions, workshops and interactive practical sessions. Some modules may consist of on-line (blended) learning. Completion of each module is obligatory. Students are recommended to attend all of the taught modules.

Course Content

Module 1: Core Elements of Implementation Science

This module introduces the aims and objectives of the course. It will introduce students to the core elements of Implementation Science, both theory and practice. It will expose students to a number of different implementation frameworks and strategies and to real life case studies of implementation in health and social services.

Module 2: Core Elements of Implementation Science

This module exposes students to further implementation frameworks and provides an opportunity for critical analysis of their usefulness in health, social care or educational settings.

Module 3 Information for implementation-using data to drive the implementation agenda

This module introduces the vital role of data, information, and knowledge to drive change and improvement throughout an implementation cycle. The theory and practice of the systematic use of data, information, and knowledge sources and systems will be explored; from how these can be used to set a change agenda, assist in the exploration of options and harnessing of knowledge to drive improvement and innovation . The module will address how to assess evidence, measure implementation outcomes, and evaluation. Students will have the opportunity to apply measurement tools to a workplace-based project.

Module 4: Managing People in Organisations - management and organisation behaviour

This module will describe organisational behaviours common to most organisations and provide insights into the role of managers and leaders in organisations. The synergistic relationship between individual and group behaviour and organisational culture is central to the module. Its aim is to ensure that participants fully appreciate the role, scope and importance of strategically managed organisations and to make the connection with relevant implementation frameworks.

Module 5: Managing People in Organisations- human resources management in implementation

The HRM module will focus on key drivers for implementation including selection and coaching of staff and implementation teams. Leading expert Dr Alison Metz from US National Implementation Research Network will, in part, deliver this module.

Module 6: Project Management

This module focuses on the principles and practices of project, programme and portfolio management and business process design within an implementation context. Key examples will be provided by the module coordinator. A number of different project management frameworks will be applied to real life examples of project management within public and private sectors. Students will have the opportunity to apply a project management framework to a workplace-based project.

Course Details


1 year part-time

Number of Places


Course Coordinator

Prof. Catherine Darker

Next Intake

September 2019

Closing Date

31 July 2019

Prospective students must be graduates in a health or social care-related discipline with at least 3- 4 years professional experience. Other applications may be considered in exceptional circumstances based on workplace experience. Short-listed applicants may be interviewed if it is not possible to make a decision based on the online application. Candidates from within and outside the EU will be eligible for enrolment onto each course, providing their primary degree is from a recognised institution.

Applications for admission to the course will be made online at: The closing date for applications for entry to the course will be 31st July 2019. However, late applications will be considered if places are available.


To apply, click on the relevant Apply Link below

Get In Touch

Course Director

Professor Catherine Hayes

Telephone Number

+353-1-896 1087;