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Health Systems and Implementation Science

The department of Health Systems and Implementation Science has two missions:

First, we promote an interprofessional approach to building medical students’ knowledge and skills in Health Systems and Implementation Science (HSIS), with a focus on interprofessional teams, leadership, the system of healthcare delivery, public health, healthcare quality and safety and health equity.

Second, we conduct research in partnership with health care organizations using transdisciplinary teams, human-centered design methods, and implementation science to redesign health care delivery and improve human health.


Value Domains

The health systems and implementation science department supports the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine value domains in the following ways:

Basic Science

Several focus areas overlap multiple basic science disciplines and are interwoven throughout the school's patient-centered curriculum. These include nutrition, culinary health, complementary and alternative medicine, and oral health.  Understanding personal values and learning group leadership skills are an early focus of the curriculum.  Faculty from the medical school, Virginia Tech, and Radford University Carilion are intimately involved in the delivery of this curricular component.

Clinical Science

Interprofessionals skills learned in basic science are reinforced as students learn clinical skills.


Faculty members are available to serve as mentors to students in their research projects, which are a required intensive, four-year program.

Health Systems Science and Interprofessional Practice

The focus is on professionalism, ethics, role of the health professions, community service, public health, and patient safety as well as health systems topics including population health, quality and safety, health systems analysis, health care finance, value-based care, informatics, and health disparities.

Our department is committed to fostering a diverse and positive learning environment.

To this end, we aim to:

  • provide a safe, equitable, and inclusive environment through deliberate actions.
  • celebrate our differences and use them to better our science.
  • respect individual needs, styles, and career goals and mentor accordingly.