New online course on implementation research under development

TDR news item
16 July 2015

A massive open online course (MOOC) on implementation research is being developed by TDR. The value and utility of this type of research will be introduced through case studies to be presented and interpreted by experienced public health researchers, practitioners and academics.

First implementation research MOOC planning meeting

The content being developed will be free to anyone. This is TDR’s first foray into this type of training, building on materials such as the Implementation Research Toolkit. Dermot Maher, TDR coordinator of research capacity strengthening, says, “We can reach relatively small groups of people through the usual training methods. However, this new on-line training approach enables us to reach a potentially huge number of people, to help them better understand and apply this important and growing field of research. MOOCs have the potential to revolutionise TDR’s approach to research training.”

“MOOCs have the potential to revolutionise TDR’s approach to research training.”

Dermot Maher, TDR coordinator of research capacity strengthening and knowledge management

A workshop was held in June at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland, where experts in this type of course development are partnering with TDR to create the course. Participants included experts from the World Health Organization’s departments on tuberculosis, malaria and neglected tropical diseases; from several international university tropical medicine departments; and representatives from each of the Regional Training Centres.

Each of the 4 modules will have a video presentation of a case study illustrating one aspect of implementation research. For each module, research questions and potential solutions will cover the processes involved in making proven health interventions widely available to all those who could benefit from them. A crash module as a rapid and intensive course will also developed as a an additional module

Coordinators for each module are now working with a multi-disciplinary group of experts to develop the content (see list below), which will then be reviewed by an overall editorial committee and then peer reviewed by external experts.

The final course is expected to be ready in the first quarter of 2016.

Module 1 - What is implementation research?

Coordinator, Dr Hans Remme, consultant scientist

  • Dr Poloko Kebaabetswe, Director Health Systems Research Unit, School of Medicine, University of Botswana
  • Dr Afif Ben Salah, Pasteur Institute of Tunis
  • Dr Marian Warsame, World Health Organization Global Malaria Programme
  • Professor David H. Molyneux, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, Neglected Tropical Diseases, Department of Parasitology
  • Edith Certain, Consultant

Module 2 - Diversity of contexts and settings

Coordinator, Dr Riris Andono Ahmad, Center for Tropical Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Indonesia

  • Dr Byron Arana, Drugs for Neglected Diseases Initiative DNDi
  • Dr Fe Esperanza Espino, Head, Department of Parasitology and National Reference Laboratory for Malaria and Other Parasites, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine, Philippines
  • Dr Axel Kroeger, scientist consultant
  • Dr Shan Lu, National Institute of Parasitic Diseases China Centers for Disease Control
  • Professor Bakhyt Sarymsakova, Head of Department of International Cooperation, Astana Medical University, Kazakhstan
  • Dr Pascal Launois, TDR scientist

Module 3 - Developing/designing implementation strategies

Coordinator: Professor Maria Rosário Oliveira Martins, Sub Directora do Instituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, Portugal

  • Dr Neal Alexander, Centro Internacional de Entrenamiento e Investigaciones Médicas (CIDEIM) Colombia
  • Dr Phyllis Dako-Gyeke, School of Public Health, University of Ghana
  • Dr S.D. Gupta, Director, Indian Institute of Health Management Research (IIHMR), IIHMR University, India
  • Professor Isaac Nyamongo, Institute of Anthropology, Gender & African Studies, University of Nairobi
  • Dr Mahnaz Vahedi, TDR scientist
  • Dr Olumide Ogundahunsi, TDR scientist
  • Dr Francesco Rio, Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTD), World Health Organization

Module 4 - Implementation research outcomes

Coordinator, Dr Olakunle O. Alonge, Health Systems Program, Department of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public, Health Johns Hopkins University

  • Dr Paul Milligan, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Dr E.K. Proctor, George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Washington University
  • Dr Eddy Kamau, Scientist, TDR
  • Dr Corinne Merle, Scientist, TDR

For more information, contact Pascal Launois (