The interdisciplinary course features experts from USC and Colorado State University who are leaders in the fields of dissemination and implementation science, systems engineering, behavioral economics, team science, informatics and community engagement.

About this course:

The course is a series of seven modules (about an hour in duration) designed to introduce researchers to the emerging field of Healthcare Delivery Science. Each self-paced module contains recorded lectures and multiple-choice quizzes. Participants can also browse additional resources to learn more.

  • 100% online
  • Flexible schedule
  • Approximately eight hours total at your own pace
  • Free (not for credit)

Upon completing the course, participants will be eligible for the USC Safety Net Innovation Award. Researchers who are interested in submitting a Letter of Intent are strongly encouraged to complete all modules and incorporate Healthcare Delivery Science principles into their projects. Participants will also be eligible for more advanced coursework. Advanced lectures are currently under development.

Rolling enrollment:

There is no deadline to sign up. Anyone affiliated with USC or CHLA can participate. Please fill out the SC CTSI Healthcare Delivery Science Course intake form for access to the course. You will receive an invitation from Canvas (the Learning Management System where the course content is housed) within two business days.


The SC CTSI sponsored the development of this unique training opportunity to foster the professional development of clinician-investigators and translational scientists as they strive to close the knowledge-to-practice gap in our regional healthcare delivery systems. It is part of a larger program in partnership with LA County Department of Health Services that supports research designed to enhance quality, efficiency, and patient-centeredness of care provided by the LAC DHS. 

Course Details:

Module 1:  Introduction to Healthcare Delivery Science
Instructor - Amy Towfighi, MD, Director of SC CTSI Healthcare Delivery Science core, Director of Neurological Services and Innovation for Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and Associate Professor (Clinical Scholar) of Neurology and Preventive Medicine, USC

Module 2:   Dissemination & Implementation Science
Instructors - Barbara Turner, MD, MSED, MACP, and Albert Farias, PhD, MPH, faculty in the USC Gehr Family Center For Health Systems Science And Innovation

Module 3:   Health Systems Engineering
Instructor - Shinyi Wu, PhD, Associate Professor of Social Work and Industrial & Systems Engineering, University of Southern California

Module 4:   Behavioral Economics
Instructor - Jason Doctor, PhD, the Norman Topping National Medical Enterprise Chair in Medicine and Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy, University of Southern California

Module 5:
  Community Engagement
Instructor - Katrina Kubicek, former SC CTSI Community Engagement Associate Director

Module 6:   Informatics for Healthcare Delivery Science
Instructor - Daniella Meeker, PhD, Co-Director of SC CTSI Clinical Research Informatics and Assistant Professor in the Departments of Preventive Medicine and Pediatrics, University of Southern California

Module 7:   Team Science
Instructor - Jennifer E. Cross, PhD, Founder and Co-Director for the Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Colorado State University

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.