KT Resources

Selected University Academic Courses and Co-curricular Opportunities in KT

  1. Atlantic Regional Training Centre (ARTC), online Master’s in Applied Health Services Research Program, AHS 6007: Knowledge Transfer and Research Uptake (course is offered through any of the four participating Atlantic Canada universities – Memorial University of Newfoundland, University of New Brunswick, University of Prince Edward Island, and Saint Mary’s University).

  2. McGill University, School of Physical & Occupational Therapy (SPOT), graduate course POTH 680-Knowledge Translation in Rehabilitation, typically offered in fall.

  3. University of Ottawa, Master of Science Epidemiology, EPI 6345 Introduction to Knowledge Translation in Health Research, and Master of Science Nutrition and Food Biosciences, NUT 5102 Knowledge Translation and Transfer for Nutrition and Food Biosciences.

  4. University of Toronto, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation, MSc/PhD in Health Services Research, HAD5727H: Knowledge Transfer and Exchange: The Art and Science of Making Research Relevant and Increasing Utilization, typically offered in spring.

  5. University of Western Ontario, Faculty of Health Sciences, Lab for Knowledge Translation (or KT) in Health, HS 4091A – Special Topics: Knowledge Translation – Using Research and Knowledge in Health Practice and Policy (Undergraduate); and HIS 9223B – Perspectives in Knowledge Translation (Graduate), now HS 9623, last offered online winter 2021.

  6. University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Implementation Science Program, Master’s Degree in Clinical Research, Implementation Science Track: EPI 245: Translating Evidence into Practice (end of Year 1, Spring), EPI 248: Translating Practice into Evidence: Community-Engaged Research (end of Year 1, Spring), EPI 246: Translating Evidence into Practice: Individual-Centered Implementation Strategies (Year 2, Fall), and EPI 247: Translating Evidence into Practice: System-Centered Implementation Strategies (Year 2, Winter). Same courses are offered online as part of the Online Certificate in Implementation Science (see item 14. below), with IMS designation instead of EPI.

  7. Canadian Association for Global Health (CAGH), Knowledge Translation Curriculum, targeting students and young professionals involved in global health research and practice. Beta versions of 2012 modules available as three downloadable PDFs. Since 2020, course offered online annually between May – July as 13-week intensive program, in English but welcoming French-speaking students, with some materials available in French, and certification upon completion.

  8. Bishop’s University, Faculty of Arts and Science, Online Graduate Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization, consisting of three graduate-level courses, including a six-week practicum course, offered from May to July annually.

  9. University of Ottawa, Professional Development Institute, Certificate in Knowledge Management offered in English and French, consisting of four core courses and one elective, available online, certificate available.

  10. Learning Institute, Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) and University of Toronto Continuing Professional Development, five-day Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate and two-day Specialist Knowledge Translation Training Workshop, offered multiple times per year online or in person, certificates available.

  11. Université de Montréal, Knowledge Translation: Fostering Research-Based Practices and Policies course, free series of on-demand massive open online courses (MOOCs) offered in French: Le transfert de connaissances : Favoriser des pratiques et des politiques fondées sur la recherche. First series is Introduction, consisting of eight modules, offering a free certificate of participation upon completion of final exam with minimum grade of 60% and of satisfaction questionnaire. Second series is La note de politique (The Policy Brief) consisting of five modules. English version of both MOOCs forthcoming, as well as third series Le courtage de connaissances (Knowledge Brokering).

    Universite de Montreal’s MOOC ‘Knowledge Translation 1 – Introduction’ now available in English: https://www.equiperenard.org/post/introduction-to-knowledge-translation-now-available-in-english

  12. University of Guelph, Community Engaged Scholarship Institute, Certificate in Knowledge Mobilization, continuing professional development program consisting of three online courses offered annually (in the fall, winter, and spring, respectively).

  13. York University, Innovation York’s Knowledge Mobilization (KMb) unit, MobilizeYU, self-directed online course of eight weeks’ duration, free for York University faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni within two years of graduation.

  14. University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Implementation Science Program, Online Certificate in Implementation Science, consisting of four required courses and two electives over one or two years. Three-day, in-person Implementation Science Short Course. Implementation Science Mini-Course, self-directed online. Same courses offered as part of Master’s Degree in Clinical Research, Implementation Science Track (see item 6. Above) ), with EPI designation instead of IMS.

Selected Websites and Programs for CNODES Members and Trainees

New to knowledge translation (KT)? A great place to start as a CNODES trainee is the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Here you’ll find CIHR’s “KT Basics and Primers”, an introduction to KT in a Canadian health context.

Ready to learn more? The following table provides details and links to specific training opportunities in KT, including webinars, courses, and other resources.

Research Foundations & Funding Organizations

Organization Included Resources Tips for CNODES Trainees
KT Alberta
*Hosted by the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit's Knowledge Translation Platform

A KT community of practice, offering learning events and resources.

  • Easy to use/navigate, “KT about the KT”, and good patient-oriented research resources.
  • Alberta’s biweekly newsletter has links to national and international events.
Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research (MSFHR)
*Provides in-kind KT support and expertise to BC SPOR SUPPORT Unit

BC’s health research funding agency, building KT capacity in BC through training tools and resources.

  • Offers individual consultations and training sessions – over 600 trained – but some workshops are restricted to staff and affiliates of MSFHR or BC-based host organizations.
  • “KT Pathways”, with definitions and competencies, is useful; excellent KT evaluation framework.
George & Fay Yee Centre for Healthcare Innovation’s (CHI)
*CHI is also Manitoba’s SPOR SUPPORT Unit

Manitoba’s healthcare innovation research centre, offering consultation, capacity development, and methods support, as well as a dedicated KT focus.

  • Excellent focus on public/patient engagement.
  • Provides blogs and short papers, with an estimated time needed to read them.
Private Sector

Organization Included Resources Tips for CNODES Trainees
The Center for Implementation (TCI)

A private consulting organization, offering tailored training and organizational support.

  • Innovative; blog/newsletter, very interesting, and course offerings seem popular; but the level of detail and topic (implementation science) may not be useful for CNODES trainees (i.e. more theoretical and health system/org focused).
  • Check out their FREE mini-course and their new online course Implementation, Spread, and Scale (see Included Resources).
Matter of Focus

A private consulting organization, offering research impact training and evaluation outcome mapping software.

  • Training and software available for a fee, but some webinars and resources are free (e.g. Insights blogs, etc.).
KT Networks

Organization Included Resources Tips for CNODES Trainees
Integrated Knowledge Translation Research Network
University of Ottawa/Ottawa Hospital, CIHR

A network focused on advancing the understanding of IKT, assessing its impacts, developing and adapting theories and tools, and developing resources to build capacity.


A global network, producing systematic review-level evidence and offering KT training.

  • While some resources are specific to those involved in a Cochrane project, the free KT module offers a good KT overview.
Knowledge Translation Canada

A network of KT researchers and practitioners, offering KT training events and seminars.

  • Watch videos of KT experts providing advice in the student corner section.
  • Watch for their seminars, summer institute for trainees and early career researchers and annual meeting.
  • Webinar series is useful; focus is often on clinical practice research and clinicians as knowledge users, although health services and policy and population and public health research has also been featured.
University-Affiliated Programs

Organization Included Resources Tips for CNODES Trainees
Knowledge Translation Program
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, ON

A program providing support at research, clinical, and policy levels in knowledge synthesis, implementation, and capacity building.

  • Check out End of Grant Knowledge Translation course (see Included Resources).
The Learning Institute
Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), University of Toronto Continuing Professional Development

An institute within SickKids, providing training and continuing professional development, including through its Knowledge Translation Program.

  • Check out 5-day Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate (see Included Resources).
Implementation Science Program
University of California San Francisco, Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics

A graduate program in implementation science, offered through the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics at UCSF.

  • As this program is provided by an epidemiology and biostatistics department, it may be especially relevant to CNODES.
Specialist Certificate in Implementation Science
University of Melbourne and Centre for Evidence and Implementation Science

A 6-month part-time online certificate course in implementation science, targeting a range of health professionals.

  • Program has theoretical, methodological, and practical components and is targeted to human service professionals in health, education, and social welfare.