Implementation Research (eIR) | Institute of Public Health Bengaluru

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Implementation Research (eIR)

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It is widely known that effective new health technologies cannot be successfully implemented when these technologies are scaled up. There is a significant need for particular research to identify solutions and options for overcoming implementation obstacles in health systems, disease control programmes and health care delivery. This form of research (also known as implementation research) addresses implementation bottlenecks, identifies optimal approaches for a particular setting, and promotes the uptake of research findings; ultimately, it leads to improved health care and its delivery.

While implementation research (IR) has been defined in various ways by different institutions, common interpretations focus on the systematic approach to understanding and addressing barriers to effective and quality implementation of health interventions, strategies and policies. IR is demand-driven and the research questions are framed based on needs identified with relevant stakeholder/implementers in the health system. This course will introduce participants to the concept of IR, tools and materials relevant to IR and facilitate the development of IR proposals.

The overall course aim is to develop IR capacity in both individuals and institutions, particularly in low- and middle-income countries, where the greatest need for expanding IR capacity persists.

There is a need to understand implementation in the real world context. There are many evidence-based interventions to improve health care that have not been effectively delivered. The research agenda especially in the context of maternal and child health, non communicable diseases etc. has been shifting and needs to shift from understanding the problem to actually intervening and testing solutions in health care systems. This training is very much required to improve the capacity of researchers to answer implementation research questions.


4 Months

5 Modules Fully Online

Study time 3-4 hours per week




Introduction and basic concepts in IR

Learning outcomes

  • Introduction to Implementation Research
  • How IR works
  • Stakeholder analysis and community engagement


How to write IR proposal and ethical issues

Learning outcomes

  • Formulating IR problem statement
  • Components of IR Proposal
  • Ethical issues in IR


Planning and conducting IR

Learning outcomes

  • Planning an IR
  • Monitoring  IR


Research methods and data management

Learning outcomes

  • Study design and selection
  • Data management


IR communications and integration into health systems

Learning outcomes

  • IR communications
  • Integrating IR into health systems

Course Highlights


Objectives of the course

What will students be able to do at the end of the course?

  • Understand the role of IR in health care and its delivery
  • Identify the characteristics of IR
  • Understand how IR works – implementation process and context
  • Appreciate the importance of stakeholders and engaging the community
  • Understand the intervention and implementation plan
  • Identify common ethical issues in IR
  • Planning and conducting IR
  • Research methods and data management
  • IR related communications
  • Integrating IR into health systems

Course Syllabus

The course consists of 5 modules, all of which are compulsory.  The minimum student investment time of  4 hours per week is expected for successful completion of each module.

Recommended Background

The course is beneficial for students of public health, public health professionals, implementers of public health researchers, and policymakers. Anybody with a master’s degree and interested in implementation research


Dorothy Lall

Subject Matter Expert (SME)

Pragati Hebbar

Course Co-ordinator

Ari Probandari

Course Contributor

Riris Andono Ahmad

Riris Andono Ahmad

Course Contributor

Key features

Tutor Guided

Get help if stuck



Live interaction

With Subject Matter Expert

Peer learning

Discuss & learn


Mobile App


Simple fun learning

Study Time

3-4 hours/week

Learn on the go

Anywhere, Anytime


What is the language of instruction in the course?
English will be the medium of instruction.
What is the course fee?

Implementation Research course fee:-
17,700 INR inc GST   
launch offer: 14,990 Inc GST

How many hours per week am I expected to put in?

The course expects a minimum of 3 – 4 hours per week.

What is the duration of the course?

The course is of 4 months duration.

What are the class timings?

There are no specific class timings that you are expected to follow on a day to day basis. However there are certain activities that you have to complete within a certain time frame and submit before the given deadline to progress to the next stage in the course. Please refer the study guide for more details.

Will I get a certificate for this course?

Yes. You will receive an online verfied and shareable Certificate provided that you fulfill all the requirements of the course which includes timely completion of the Learning tasks, assignments, and final tests.

Are there any placement options after the course?

Since it is a short certificate course we do not have a dedicated placement cell for this course. However all the details of students enrolled in the course will be updated in the IPH database and any job opportunities that might arise in the future at IPH will be intimated to the alumnus via email and those who are interested can apply.

Will I be provided a mentor for the course?

Yes, It is a tutor-guided course. A qualified public health professional with experience in handling projects on Implementation Research will be facilitating the course. We will be available on WhatsApp, email and chatbot in case you have any queries.

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