The Postgraduate Certificate in Implementation Science course has been designed to improve the knowledge and skills of health, social care and education professionals in the area of Implementation Science (IS); provide an understanding of the core principles of IS and their application to the complex environment of the health and social services. The course is aimed at the broad range of professionals working in health, social care and education who have responsibility for implementation of policies, programmes or projects. In addition to the core elements of IS the course also includes contributions from leading policymakers and senior managers in the wider Irish health, social care and education systems, thus ensuring a practical focus and equipping participants with the skills and 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 and ensure that the course imparts a theoretical framework of understanding whilst maintaining a practical focus. The course is designed to cater for the needs of EU and non-EU students.
The aims of the course are as follows:
1. To bring 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 education domains of practice
2. To analyse the factors 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.