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Implementation Science Reading Course

The Implementation Science Reading Course (ISRC) is a 10-session, virtual education program co-hosted by the Center For Dissemination & Implementation Science (CDIS) and the Northwestern University Clinical & Translational Sciences (NUCATSDissemination & Implementation Science Program. The course is designed to teach investigators and practitioners the fundamentals of implementation science, with examples from a variety of healthcare fields and an emphasis on promoting health equity. This highly popular course runs biweekly from January to May every year.

Curriculum & Learning Outcomes

Education is driven by three main components:

  • Curated readings, typically two to three scientific articles per session.
  • Team-taught didactics, led by a series of Northwestern experts in implementation science and community partners.
  • Small-group discussions, co-led by a CDIS member and a course participant.

By the end of the course, participants will achieve a set of beginner-level competencies in implementation science. Participants who attend more than 80 percent of sessions will receive a course completion certificate. After completing the course in 2023, more than 60 percent of participants hoped to apply implementation science (IS) in clinical contexts.

Who Should Take the Course?

The Northwestern Implementation Science Reading Course was designed for individuals with beginner- or novice-level familiarity with implementation science principles, frameworks and methodologies. Of 83 course participants in 2023, less than 10 percent had ever applied for funding to conduct implementation science (IS) or published an IS manuscript. 

Students, trainees and faculty from any Northwestern University school or clinical affiliate are welcome to participate. In recent years, participants have come from a wide range of professional backgrounds and institutions affiliated with Northwestern and/or NUCATS, including Lurie Children's Hospital and Shirley Ryan AbilityLab.

We also strongly recommended ISRC for anyone who is considering applying for NUCATS D&I pilot funds or other D&I sponsored funding.

How to Register

Registration opens annually in December, prior to the course’s launch in January, via Qualtrics survey. To be notified about this year’s course registration period, join our listserv by emailing

Sample Course Topics

Every fall, our Course Planning Committee convenes to review and refine the planned session topics and assigned readings. Changes are directly informed by feedback from prior participants, to ensure the course reflects the implementation science interests and training needs of our Northwestern community.

2023 Implementation Science Reading Course Topics

Shifting Your Focus: An Introduction to Implementation Science

Determinants of Implementation​

Implementation Strategies​

 Implementation Outcomes​

 Integrating IS and QI: Accelerating Learning and Change

Methods for Building, Maintaining and Leveraging Partnerships

Research Designs for Evaluating Implementation

Sustaining and Scaling​

Funding Your D&I Research & Practice​

Your Questions​ About Implementation Science

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