Innovation and Implementation Science Graduate Certificate Program
The Indiana University School of Medicine offers a graduate certificate in Innovation and Implementation Science (IIS) for those passionate about improving healthcare. Through IIS coursework, you will build a foundation to improve processes of care, shape patient and clinician behaviors, and lead effective and sustainable change in your organization. Assignments will help you practice the tools of Agile Implementation such as confirming demand and implementing a termination plan, alongside business skills such as networking and pitching to stakeholders.
Current cohorts include physicians, nurses, consultants, administrators, executives, and researchers. They practice at academic medical centers, health systems, urban and rural hospitals, and in pharmaceutical, insurance, and device companies.
In 2022, we surveyed alumni from the 2016–2021 cohorts to evaluate the effectiveness of the Innovation and Implementation Science graduate program.
Students will study the transfer of evidence-based knowledge into routine practice with a focus on physician practices, continuum of care, and community settings. Innovation and implementation strategies and models will be examined with a focus on outcome measures, fidelity, changing reimbursement and new accountable care and shared savings delivery models.
Students will explore stakeholder outcomes and program evaluation methods related to implementation projects and trials, and ongoing program evaluation. The focus is on addressing practitioners’ need for informed decision-making. Topics covered include comparative effectiveness research, patient-centered outcomes, quality improvement cycles, and rapid learning health care systems.
This course focuses on the robust design of an evidence-based intervention to achieve better care, lower costs, and better patient-centered outcomes. By focusing on effective design, the intervention should result in lower implementation costs, higher stakeholder acceptance, a more rapid time to full scalability, and higher quality of care.
This course provides foundational knowledge and practical skills for leading and implementing a new health care invention in diverse types of health care settings. The course emphasizes complex adaptive systems, change strategies, leadership, teaming, and project management with a focus on the unique aspects of innovation and implementation science.
Through an organizational sponsor and faculty mentorship, this practicum synthesizes previous coursework and demonstrates competencies in designing evidence-based interventions and care models to deliver better care, lower costs, and higher patient-centered outcomes. The first practicum project course focuses on identifying an opportunity for a planned change and designing the intervention.
This practicum builds on the work done in the prerequisite course and continues the project identified therein. The focus of the second practicum course is on intervention design, organizational assessment, and change management planning. Outcomes of this course include development of a project evaluation system, data collection processes, and feedback systems to monitor the initial success of the project, as well as to inform timely revisions as needed.
Tuition and Financial Assistance
Tuition and Fees
The tuition rate for the 2022-2023 Graduate Certificate in Health Innovation and Implementation Science for is $1,323.50 per credit hour with a total of 15 credit hours in the program.
Multiple payment plan options are available for paying tuition and fees including pre-payment and deferred payment options that allow students to pay tuition on a monthly basis. More information on the deferment payment option is available through the Bursar.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
All students can apply for a private, credit-based alternative loan. Students can borrow up to the full cost of attendance minus all other financial assistance. The terms of private loans are set by the lender.
Tuition Benefits and Sponsorships
Indiana University and many of our health care partners offer tuition benefits for their employees. Your employer may set up a sponsorship account with the Bursars office as a Third Party Sponsor. Please check with your employer to see what options may be available to you.
IU Full-Time Employees: The tuition benefit subsidy amount for 2022-2023 is $4,151.25 per term.
Application open for Fall 2023 admission and scholarships January 1–August 1, 2023.