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EISENIO3 Implementation Science in health and social services

Course description for academic year 2021/2022

Contents and structure

The aim of this Master’s level course is to provide students with an opportunity to build networks with students and stakeholders to internationalize their learning about implementation in health and social services. Specifically, students will be able to reflect, evaluate and share their facilitating experiences to develop their implementation competence and capability. In particular, the course aims to increase capabilities in participants’ personal and collective facilitation skills to increase the impacts of their implementation work. In addition, the course will enable students to evaluate the process of implementation in relation to political contexts and organizational systems. Finally, the students will achieve digital competence skills by participating in transnational learning using Technology Enabled Learning strategies. 

Learning Outcome

Knowledge: The students will:

  • have thorough understanding of how contextual conditions at micro-, meso- and macro level in health and social services influence facilitation and implementation

 Skills: The students will:

  • be able to analyze and evaluate how organizations as complex systems influence their implementation practice within the health and care services
  • be able to develop strategies to involve stakeholders from different levels and settings in the implementation process
  • be able to critically reflect on their own facilitation skills in the process of implementation

General qualifications: The students will:

  • be able to evaluate how different facilitation approaches influence the process of implementation

Entry requirements

The students must have fulfilled the general requirements for Master studies, as a relevant bachelor degrees, equivalent to 180 ECTS in health science, or other relevant social sciences subject area. The students must have proficiency in English  in order to fulfil the course requirements

Teaching methods

The course is provided within the EISEN (European Implementation Science Education Network) project. Students will work individually and collectively in the European network. To enable transnational learning, the course will utilise a Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) strategy.

Students’ learning will relate to both (i) the personal facilitation skills to enhance the impacts of their own implementation work, and (ii) facilitation and evaluation strategies in reflective learning with other students and stakeholders (iii) students will work in cross-national teams to compare and critique facilitation cases from health and social services (iv) students will be asked to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the facilitation and evaluation approaches used, and present their findings to the group

 The course will provide lectures, seminars, peer reviews and workshops online. Students are expected to undertake self-directed learning, which will include reading, critical analysis and assignments.

All teachers in the course are active researchers in the field of implementation and collaborative research.

Students will work individually and collectively in the European network. To enable transnational learning, the course will utilise a Technology Enabled Learning (TEL) strategy.

Compulsory learning activities

The course will include compulsory participation in TEL seminars and lectures, which will be marked in the course schedule. In case of absence, the course coordinator assesses if and, in that case, how absence can be compensated.


The course is concluded by an individual examination consisting of an assignment with peer and teacher review in different stages. The exam will be graded as pass or fail.

Examination support material

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