Beyond the Science: Advancing the “Art and Craft” of Implementation in the Training and Practice of Global Health

Document Type : Perspective


1 Department of Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada

2 Department of Planning, Research and Statistics, National Primary Health Care Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria

3 Department of Health Policy, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK


Interesting debates are ongoing on how to develop practical implementation science competencies that can bridge the “know-do” gap in global health. We advance these debates by arguing that apprenticeship and mentorship models drawn from “art and craft” used in industry is the missing piece of the puzzle that will bridge the persisting gap between academics and real-world practitioners. We propose examples of such models and how they can be applied to improve existing capacity building programs, as well as implementation in practice.


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Volume 11, Issue 3
March 2022
Pages 252-256
  • Receive Date: 25 April 2020
  • Revise Date: 09 July 2020
  • Accept Date: 11 July 2020
  • First Publish Date: 01 March 2022