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Implementation science is the study of methods and approaches to aid the uptake and integration of research findings into routine practice. The aim of implementation science is to improve the quality of health, education and social services.
Developed by the University of Melbourne and the Centre for Evidence and Implementation Science (CEI), the Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science is the only course of its kind in the Australasian region. This course systematically explores how applying implementation can ensure the success of evidence-based practice in health education and social welfare.
If you want to have a broader impact on the health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities, whilst developing a stronger understanding of the discipline of implementation, impact on the health and well-being of individuals and society, then this course is for you.
This course aims to strengthen the implementation knowledge and skills of human service professionals whilst providing students with an understanding of the core principles of high-quality implementation and its application to the complex environment of health, education and social care.
Who the course is for
This course has been designed for a broad range of professionals working in health, education and social welfare who contribute to the implementation of policies, programs or projects, and who would like to improve the delivery of human services.
According to projections, the health and community services sector will grow more rapidly than any other in the next five years** This will create demand for high-calibre health, community services and social workers, a trend that is echoed internationally. The Implementation Science course allows you to take advantage of this demand.
**Australian Government, Department of Employment, 2016 Industry Employment Projections Report.
What you will learn
A high-level knowledge of implementation science in human service practice
A high-level knowledge of implementation science in
human service practice
You’ll work independently and in groups to learn the fundamentals of evaluation including the nature and purpose of evaluation, types of evaluation, and the logic of evaluation.
The ability to apply evaluation methods to a range of professional settings
The ability to apply evaluation methods to a range of
You will understand the impact implementation has on improving outcomes for individuals, families and communities.
Application of implementation science knowledge in professional practice
Application of implementation science knowledge
in professional practice
You will develop the capability to develop and execute implementation knowledge, strategies and plans, independently and responsibly within practice contexts.
Who you will learn from
Your online learning experience is enriched by interaction with lecturers and your fellow classmates. You can expect input and feedback from your lecturers and tutors as well as regular real-time sessions where you speak with the instructor and fellow students.
Find out more about the University of Melbourne online learning experience.
- Dr Ralph Hampson, Senior Lecturer and Course Coordinator, Master of Advanced Social Work and Master of Health and Human Services
- Professor Louise Harms, Deputy Head and Director of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Social Work
- Professor Aron Shlonsky, Professor of Evidence Informed Practice
- Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work
- Professor Lynette Joubert, Professor - Direct Practice, Social Work
- Professor Marie Connolly, Head Of Department, Social Work
- Dr Nicole Hill, Lecturer - Social Work Field Education
Contact student support
You can talk with a dedicated online student support consultant via the chat function at the bottom right of this page or connect through by phone. Alternatively, click on the Enquire Now tab below and fill out the form to find out about key details relating to this program, including:
- Entry requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Fees and payment options.
To gain the Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science you must complete 25 points comprised of:
- Two core subjects.
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Implementation Science in Theory
This subject will introduce you to the core elements of Implementation Science, both theory and practice. It will expose you to a number of different implementation conceptual models and frameworks and apply these to real life examples of implementation in the human service sector. The subject will also introduce you to the essential role data plays in driving
Detailed Information SCWK90067
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Implementation Science in Practice
This subject draws on the theoretical and practical concepts that were explored in Implementation Science in Theory and apply these to real world examples of implementation in human service systems. Students will critically examine the effectiveness of different approaches to implementation; the role multidisciplinary teams play in the alignments of systems, and the application of implementation theory against real world cases. It will also include practice and theoretical application of different types of program evaluation through an implementation lens, including needs assessment, formative research, process evaluation, monitoring of outputs and outcomes and impact assessment. As a student, you will be able to draw on case studies from your own work.
Detailed Information SCWK90068
The estimated hours required for each subject is between 15 -19 hours per week, but this varies for each student and depends on your task management and planning, familiarity with the material, reading style and speed.
Discuss your subjects
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to find out more about:
- Content and learning outcomes
- Assessment requirements
- Time commitment required for each subject
- Possible recognition of prior learning
- Exit pathways.
To apply for the Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science, you are required to have:
- A bachelor degree in a cognate discipline
- At least two years’ relevant professional experience in human services.
Meeting these requirements makes you eligible for selection but does not guarantee selection.
In ranking applications, the Selection Committee will consider:
- Prior academic performance; and
- Professional work experience.
The Selection Committee may seek further information to clarify any aspect of an application in accordance with the Student Application and Selection Procedure.
Applicants are required to satisfy the University’s English language requirements for postgraduate co. For those applicants seeking to meet these requirements by one of the standard tests approved by the Academic Board, performance band 6.5 is required.
Students taking the course from overseas are not required to have an international student visa.
Most courses have multiple intakes per year. Check the dates of upcoming terms.
Discuss your eligibility
Speak with a dedicated online student support consultant to clarify any questions about entry requirements, including prior academic performance and professional experience.
Fees and scholarships
Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science
25 point program
Course fees are the same for both domestic and international students.
Your course is equivalent in quality and accreditation to an on-campus qualification. Each subject is designed by academics, subject coordinators and learning designers to deliver an interactive and enriching experience, with regular contact from lecturers, tutors and a dedicated online Student Support team.
The fee is based on the study load that the student is taking. Fees are paid on a per subject basis each term, and total course fees are not required to be paid up-front.
The fees listed are the indicative costs for 2018. The University reviews fees annually. The indicative total course fee is based on typical subject enrolments, and includes an indexation of 5 per cent per annum.
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Financial assistance and scholarships
If you are an Australian Citizen or Permanent Humanitarian Visa holder, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the Australian Government.
There are many bursaries and scholarships awarded by the University and specific faculties, based on a variety of criteria. Online students are encouraged to apply.
FEE-HELP is a loan available to eligible students in domestic fee-paying places to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees. The Commonwealth Government sets limits on how much you can borrow. FEE-HELP loans are repaid through the taxation system. No loan fee applies to loans for postgraduate studies. Detailed information about eligibility for FEE-HELP is available from the Study Assist website.
- Domestic scholarships
The Melbourne Scholarships Program is one of the most generous and comprehensive in Australia – supporting approximately 3000 students at the University. The scholarships program serves to both reward outstanding academic achievement and provide access for students who might otherwise be prevented from undertaking further study. For full details of all domestic graduate scholarships, visit the Future Students website.
Further information regarding financial aid options for current students is available on the Student Services website.
- International scholarships
There are no scholarships available for overseas online students from the University of Melbourne. Companies, home universities, professional organisations and charities may provide scholarships.
Discuss your payment options
Talk with a dedicated online student support consultant to assess the best way to fund your study.
Term Applications close Term dates Term 1, 2019 14 Jan 28 Jan - 31 Mar Term 3, 2019 1 Jul 15 Jul - 15 Sep
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You can save your work in progress and complete the application at a later date.
Admissions for this course are not capped per intake, so you do not need to apply for multiple intakes. If you are unsure which intake you wish to apply for, please note that you can change your application later by contacting the student support team.
To complete your application you will require:
- Course code SC-IMPSC
- A detailed CV, including work history if applicable and specifying if the positions were part time or full time and the number of years/months employed
- Evidence of meeting the English Language Requirements as determined by the University
- Transcripts for ALL courses completed including an explanation of the grading system. Transcripts for previous studies undertaken at the University of Melbourne are not required. An academic transcript is an official record of your studies that lists all subjects you have undertaken, and all of the results that you obtained.
- Digital files of these documents. Limit of 6MB per document. Supported file types: TXT, DOC, DOCX, PDF, JPG, JPEG, XLS, XLSX, TIFF).
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