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A MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course, is a digital course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web. The HLB-SIMPLe Alliance has produced several MOOC modules that are available to the public here, with more to come.


Conceptualizing and Operationalizing Implementation Research

These videos feature presentations by Dr. Mark Huffman (cardiologist and professor of medicine at Washington University in St. Louis) and other experts on the topic of implementation research on hypertension in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs). Viewers will learn how to conceptualize and operationalize implementation research.

Chapter 1

Dr. Huffman discusses conceptualizing and begins to delve in on operationalizing. An interview with Dr. Dike Ojji (associate professor of preventative cardiology at University of Abuja) highlights practical aspects of implementation research from conceptualization to evidence dissemination.

Chapter 2

Chapter 2 offers a practical, step-by-step guide to operationalizing implementation research using the
Implementation Research Logic Model (IRLM)
. The Hypertension Treatment in Nigeria (HTN) program is used as a model, emphasizing the IRLM’s adaptability in a low-resource setting.

Closing Summary

Dr. Huffman and Dr. Ojji summarize some key take home points from the previous videos.

Overview of WHO HEARTS Technical Package MOOC

Dr. Jeff Brettler (Director of Global Health in the Office of Academic and Community Affairs for the Kaiser Permanente Bernard J. Tyson School of Medicine) describes the WHO HEARTS Technical Package.

Other Online Trainings

Researchers from the HLB-SIMPLe Alliance have developed other training resources that you may find useful.

SAIA Training Modules

The University of Washington Department of Global Health created these narrated training modules to provide an introduction to the Systems Analysis and Improvement Approach (SAIA) methodology.