MPH5271 - Implementation and innovation in health care - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Tracy Robinson


Dr Tracy Robinson

Unit guides


Alfred Hospital

  • First semester 2019 (Off-campus)
  • First semester 2019 (On-campus)


Must be enrolled in a post graduate course


This unit provides students with the skills and knowledge to develop and implement healthcare improvement projects in clinical settings. Health improvement science is crucial for translating new knowledge into practice and delivering the best possible patient care. This requires capacity to mobilise new knowledge and spread and sustain innovation.

This unit aims to equip students with skills needed to translate and mobilise new knowledge and engage with community and service users to conduct healthcare improvement projects and lead innovation. Students will critically apply and evaluate the process of knowledge mobilisation (KM) and strategies commonly used in implementation science. They will discuss and critically evaluate models and strategies for disseminating evidence and leading innovation in the workplace. This includes exploring change management strategies in health environments and strategies for solution co-design.

Strategies to enable knowledge sharing and the role of knowledge brokers will be explored. Specific capabilities for KM include, stakeholder engagement, data collection, managing information systems, process and system thinking. Students will learn how to identify gaps in healthcare, manage data and information and co-design solutions with key stakeholders.


Upon successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Critically analyse how health care systems are organised, including identifying and applying change and innovation methods, leadership strategies and approaches
  2. Appraise and critique the basis of complexity theory and implementation science theories and research.
  3. Identify stakeholders for health care improvement and develop active stakeholder engagement participation through implementing appropriate project planning strategies.
  4. Investigate individual and organisational competencies, and propose methods for mobilising knowledge in health care improvement.
  5. Identify the role of data in assessing quality of life and outcomes in health care systems, in order to formulate improvement projects for wide-scale implementation.
  6. Understand and analyse project design and management and develop an evaluation plan for health care improvement projects.


  • 6 x Critical reflections (300 words each) (30%)
  • Oral presentation (15 minutes plus questions) (20%)
  • Reflection on oral presentation (900 words) (15%)
  • Healthcare improvement project plan (35%)

Workload requirements

The MHSM delivery is multimodal and will comprise 2 block days during the semester, with the remainder of delivery being online. The average number of contact and online and study hours per week during the semester is 12 hours.

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