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Implementation Science Program


This program encourages research to improve the uptake of efficacious interventions, and to inform and enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of interventions in order to maximize community impact. Many interventions are available in the continuum of HIV prevention, HIV testing, and HIV care (e.g., HIV treatment adherence). To maximize public health impact, significant progress is needed to deliver interventions more efficiently and effectively, transfer interventions from one setting or population to another, and to make better informed choices between competing interventions. This gap between research and implementation is impeding success in prevention, care, and treatment programs—both in the number of people reached and effects on health outcomes. Advances are urgently needed to reduce these unknowns and increase the public health impact of HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care services.

Areas of Emphasis

  • Dissemination research
  • Research syntheses to inform policy
  • Evaluations of optimal intervention financing and cost-effectiveness
  • Research to strengthen health systems and address personnel training and expertise
  • Implementation science and operations research
  • Comparative effectiveness research
  • Analysis of the impact of policy changes on public health outcomes


Christopher Gordon, Ph.D.
5601 Fishers Lane, Room 9G11
Rockville, MD 20852