Massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research: infectious diseases of poverty

Implementation research (IR) is important for designing strategies or solutions to overcome bottlenecks that prevent proven and innovative public health interventions from reaching the people who need them. This ensure that these interventions are used in a manner that results in the outcome for which they were intended. Such solutions include how to overcome barriers to adoption of drugs, diagnostics or preventive measures that improve health for people at risk of malaria, tuberculosis, NTDs or other infectious diseases. IR can help to ensure that health solutions reach the people who need them and are used in ways that generate intended results.

This course is a step-by-step online training for public health researchers and decision-makers, disease control programme managers, academics and others that focuses on how to design and demonstrate robust IR projects to improve control of infectious diseases of poverty and generate better health outcomes.

Une session du MOOC de TDR sur la recherche de mise en œuvre appliquée sur les maladies infectieuses de la pauvreté (en français)

Date de début du cours: 21 octobre 2019

Cette formation en ligne ouverte à tous (MOOC/FLOT) est une formation étape par étape qui vous initiera à la conception et à la démonstration de projets de recherche de mise en oeuvre (RMO) rigoureux.
Ce cours est ouvert à tous. Aucune formation spécifique n’est nécessaire bien qu’une formation en santé puisse être un avantage.

Date limite d'inscription: 18 octobre 2019

Pour vous inscrire, veuillez contacter l’équipe du MOOC à l’adresse suivante : .

MOOC on Implementation Research for Countries of the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region*

*Afghanistan, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syrian Arab Republic, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

Course start date: 4 November 2019

This course is a free step-by-step online training that will introduce you to designing robust IR projects.
There is no technical or scientific background needed although a health background will be an advantage.
This course is open to all applicants, on a first come, first served basis.
Language: English with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

Deadline to register: 01 November 2019

To register, please contact

"What I loved most was the focus on the community as a major stakeholder in the program. If they don’t believe or want a program, scaling up such an intervention or adapting it to the social or environmental context might just be futile." - Omowumi Salau, Nigeria

"I like the simplicity of this course." - Oluwafumike Ogwa, Nigeria

MOOC podcast

Dermot Maher from TDR talks about how the new MOOC on implementation research allows anyone to take this course free of charge and connect with peers around the world.

Experts guide participants through the core concepts of IR, including modules that address how to:

  • Identify the challenges of various health settings;
  • Assess the appropriateness of existing disease control strategies;
  • Develop new interventions and strategies by working with communities and stakeholders;
  • Specify IR questions; and
  • Design rigorous research projects. This includes how to identify IR outcomes, evaluate effectiveness, and make plans to scale-up implementation in real life settings.

MOOC is in English with subtitles in English, French and Spanish.

More about MOOC

To find out about upcoming courses, please contact Dr Pascal Launois


More detail about the course

MOOC course on implementation research has global reach, spurs local health solutions

Hear Pascal Launois from TDR talk about how the new MOOC on implementation research helps people propose and investigate local solutions to health problems in their countries.