Course Information

BE THE CHANGE: Using implementation science to improve health outcomes

Course ID: MPBH 495-009/HSM 355-009
School:Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Program: Parkinson School Summer Short Courses 2022
Credit Hours: 1

Course Description

MPBH Class # 2778 HSM Class # 2779 Course Description: The goal of this mini-course is to introduce students to implementation science. Implementation science is the study of how we take evidence created from good quality research and get these findings used in practice. It involves changing behaviors and processes to incorporate interventions, programs and policies into ongoing practice. While this course will focus primarily on health care, implementation science can apply a various of areas including education, public health, social work, and industry. During this course we will discuss why implementation science is needed, some of the key theories and frameworks related to implementation science, engagement of key stakeholders and community in the process, the importance of identifying barriers and facilitators to change, and how to sustain and spread change. Objectives • To introduce the field of implementation science to students, faculty, providers and community members. • To demonstrate how implementation science can improve equity in health care. • To stimulate students to consider how to take high quality, effective research findings and incorporate these findings into daily practice. Instructor Dr. Fran Weaver is a health services researcher and Professor in the Parkinson’s School of Health Services and Public Health and at the Hines VA Hospital. Her research in Health Outcomes, program evaluation and implementation science has spanned more than 3 decades. How to enroll: • Current students: Open to Loyola students from all programs and levels of study. Register online through LOCUS


Loyola University Chicago’s Parkinson School

Summer Short Courses 2022

Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health invites degree and non-degree seeking  students to participate in a series of 1-credit special topic courses on Strengthening Population  Health Resilience in the Time of COVID-19

Resilient and robust public health and health care systems rely on the interdependence of groups such as individuals, schools, employers, public health professionals, community organizations, first responders, healthcare professionals, and governments. 

Now, more than ever, these groups are challenged to increase their collective, scientific public health literacy and capacity to understand and leverage emerging public health data and identify strategies to tackle the evolving COVID-19 pandemic. Strong public health literacy is the foundation for strengthening our collective resilience and response - as we move from flattening the curve, to controlling transmission, and ultimately, to preventing infection with the advent of a vaccine. 

Series Objectives

These courses will: 

  • introduce participants to key concepts, resources, and tools to help you support health system resilience and economic recovery
  • help participants interpret the science in the news
  • provide roadmaps to help participants anticipate and implement COVID-19 policies and actions to mitigate risk and promote health.

Each course will provide a different lens through which participants will view public health and health care system resilience along with “takeaway” insights applicable in any health crisis. 

Who Should Attend

Adult learners, students and non-students alike, and leaders at all levels who want to increase their knowledge and skills to lead or manage a health emergency. Participants have the option to pursue a course for a credit, should they choose. 


Each course will follow a similar seminar-style format, including discussion and Q&A with Parkinson School faculty with expertise in areas including surveillance, emergency preparedness, health care administration, infectious and chronic disease epidemiology, laboratory testing, and environmental transmission of disease. Readings and digital resources will be provided to guide learning. Aligned with Loyola’s Jesuit tradition, students will use individual reflection and application exercises to translate knowledge into action.

For more information please contact Lucia Garcia (lucgarcia@luc.edu)

Course Offering

Session Day Time Instructor Location
A Tue Session A: May 23-July 1, 2022 Day and time: Tuesdays, 4:30-6 p.m. Weaver ONLINE

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