Course on implementation science in global health

Fall 2022, Introduction to implementation science in global health ( Course Code: CISMAC900-2)

This course gives a comprehensive introduction to implementation science in global health. The course takes a holistic approach to implementation science with a particular focus on global health challenges in low- and middle-income countries.

Implementation Research Toolkit
Credit: WHO

Main content

Course content

Students will become familiar with concepts and methods within the area of implementation science and develop skills in applying theories, models and frameworks in order to individually develop and defend an implementation science project focusing on challenges of Global Health, and supervise peers in reaching the same objective. Examples will be drawn from ongoing research and from up-to-date scientific literature.

The accumulation of knowledge and its underutilization in practice has become of increasing concern. Both the understanding of evidence-based implementation and approaches to studying implementation will be discussed and explored. The course offers an opportunity for postgraduate students to be acquainted with this emerging field and its application in global health.

A student who has completed the course should have the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain what implementation science and research is.
  • Describe the concept of evidence-based practices.
  • Distinguish between the different "target levels" of implementation science theories, models and frameworks.
  • Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of applying certain theories, models and frameworks on different dilemmas.
  • Identify, discuss and assess the pros and cons of different implementation strategies.
  • Undertake supportive peer-supervision and develop skills in providing constructive feedback.
  • Propose, construct and defend an implementation science project within global health including theoretical background, implementation strategy and evaluation method.

Teaching and Learning Methods

This 5 ECTS course is expected to require 125 hours of work

Teaching and Learning Methods

Face-to-face lectures and group work (28.11-2.12), individual reading, individual assignment and online seminars and presentations. Participants will need to be in Bergen for the face-to-face week. Attendance of the online sessions is also compulsory.


For full course schedule see here.

Form of assessment

The individual assignment, the oral presentation and the opposition the participant provides to a peer-student will be graded by the facilitators as Passed or Failed.

Reading list

Relevant scientific articles will be shared on Canvas.


Anna Bergström and Leif Eriksson


The course is organized by the CIH/CISMAC research school with the support of Norwegian Research School of Global Health. 

Note that there will be a maximum number of 20 participants. 
If the number of applications exceed the maximum allowance, priority will be given to applicants who are affiliated with the CIH/CISMAC research school or Norwegian Research School of Global Health.

Registration is possible in studentweb (Course code CISMAC900-2), for students external to UiB please register here.

Final application deadline: 01 October.