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Innovation and Implementation Science

School of Medicine

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Program Contact: Tiffany Campbell (317)-294-9052

Program Director

Malaz Boustani MD, MPH

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Degree Offered:

Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science

Special Departmental Requirements

(See also general University Graduate School requirements.)

Indiana University’s Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science is offered by the School of Medicine through the Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science within Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute. The Certificate is designed for working healthcare professionals, specifically practicing clinicians, nurses, pharmacists, allied health professionals, and administrators. At minimum, students are required to have at least two years of relevant healthcare experience, a bachelor’s degree, and a GPA of 3.0 to be admitted into the program. Clinicians and administrators with prior process improvement or methodological training can enhance their knowledge base with new theoretical and applied knowledge.

As a prerequisite, students may be required to complete an online statistics tutorial before beginning their formal coursework. This requirement can be waived based on recent completion of a statistics course or employment in a research or data intensive position.

Course Requirements

The Certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science is delivered as a blended program with weekend residencies and online instruction. Students attend one in-person weekend residency per month.

Complementing the instructional learning portion of the Certificate is a practicum portion. Students will apply the theoretical knowledge of the curriculum to an Innovation and Implementation project in their home healthcare system, under the guidance of an organizational sponsor and a faculty mentor.


Each course within the certificate is graded as Satisfactory/Fail. Students must pass all classes to earn the certificate.


Fall Quarter

  • GRAD-G673 Innovation and Implementation Science I (3.0 credit hours)

Students will study the transfer of evidence-based knowledge into routine practice with a focus on physician practices, continuum of care, and community settings. Innovation and implementation strategies and models will be examined with a focus on outcome measures, fidelity, changing reimbursement and new accountable care and shared savings delivery models.

  • GRAD-G674 Health Outcomes and Evaluation in Implementation Science (1.5)

Students will explore stakeholder outcomes and program evaluation methods related to implementation projects and trials, and ongoing program evaluation. The focus is on addressing practitioners’ need for informed decision-making. Topics covered include comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes, quality improvement cycles, and rapid learning health care systems.

Winter Quarter

  • GRAD-G676 Innovation and Implementation Science II (3.0)

This course focuses on the robust design of an evidence-based intervention to achieve better care, lower costs, and better patient-centered outcomes. By focusing on effective design, the intervention should result in lower implementation costs, higher stakeholder acceptance, a more rapid time to full scalability, and higher quality of care.

  • GRAD-G677 Leading Change, Teams, and Projects (1.5)

This course provides foundational knowledge and practical skills for leading and implementing a new health care invention in diverse types of health care settings. The course emphasizes complex adaptive systems, change strategies, leadership, teaming, and project management with a focus on the unique aspects of innovation and implementation science.


Spring Quarter

  • GRAD-G678 Practicum in Innovation and Implementation Science I (3.0)

Through an organizational sponsor and faculty mentorship, this practicum synthesizes previous coursework and demonstrates competencies in designing evidence-based interventions and care models to deliver better care, lower costs, and higher patient-centered outcomes. The first practicum project course focuses on identifying an opportunity for a planned change and designing the intervention.

Summer Quarter

  • GRAD-G679 Practicum in Innovation and Implementation Science II (3.0)

This practicum builds on the work done in the prerequisite course and continues the project identified therein. The focus of the second practicum course is on intervention design, organizational assessment, and change management planning. Outcomes of this course include development of a project evaluation system, data collection processes, and feedback systems to monitor the initial success of the project, as well as to inform timely revisions as needed. 

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