HAR6064: Knowledge Mobilisation in Healthcare

The Knowledge Mobilisation in Healthcare module is led by Mark Hawley and Chris Blackmore. It runs in the Autumn semester and is worth 15 credits.


The Knowledge Mobilisation in Healthcare module is led by Mark Hawley and Chris Blackmore. It runs in the Autumn semester and is worth 15 credits.

It is one of the modules on:

This module is available as a CPD option

This module is available Faculty-wide in any year as a DDP module


Knowledge mobilisation is a generic term used for a number of activities that involve the use, production and knowledge management. Although the need for effective implementation of evidence-based interventions has been well documented, little is understood about how this is best achieved.

The module will equip students with an understanding of the practical and theoretical challenges of mobilising knowledge and its consequences for healthcare delivery focused on problem solving and critical thinking.

The focus will be on how to mobilize (do) and how to understand (study) knowledge to action, through a critical appraisal of both approaches.


  1. An understanding of models, frameworks and theories of knowledge mobilization and their suitability for use in a variety of different contexts.
  2. An overview of the effectiveness and impact of knowledge mobilization activities in different contexts.
  3. An awareness of how to apply this knowledge to in a real world setting.

Learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  1. Critically discuss models, theories and frameworks which inform the field of knowledge mobilisation in healthcare 
  2. Critically evaluate the effectiveness and impact of knowledge mobilisation activities in different geographical, professional, social, and organisational contexts 
  3. Critically reflect on a variety of practical examples of KM activity from research and practice 
  4. Develop innovative and creative ways of mobilising knowledge in health care contexts 
  5. Identify barriers and facilitators to KM activities within a particular healthcare context 
  6. Develop and evaluate practical approaches to knowledge mobilisation in a particular context with reference to theory, models and frameworks 

Teaching methods

  • Lectures (LO 1-6) Each of the lectures will present key concepts in KM
  • Seminar presentations (LO 1, 3, 5) Each of the 12 sessions will include seminar discussions/presentation followed by one or a combination of the following learning activities below. These will be facilitated by the teaching team
  • Discussion of reading materials such as critical review of journal articles on current themes in KM (LO1, 4). These learning activities will test conceptual thinking and the ability to apply scientific and theoretical literature to practical problems and solutions
  • Critical review of various strategies that are used for knowledge mobilisation, such as infographics, visual data display, posters, animations, artwork, and videos followed by group work (LO 4, 5, 6). These sessions will equip students with knowledge based skills and visual examples of knowledge mobilisation in practice or in theory
  • Group discussions and feedback (eg. Round robin, evidence safari) (LO 2). These activities will test participation in group work, critical thinking and problem solving. Feedback following each session will relate to these items
  • Practical workshops such as creative design methods in KM and co-production (eg Lego serious play, user centred design) (LO 1, 2, 4, 5, 6). These sessions will introduce students to innovative and creative methods in knowledge mobilisation science, moving beyond traditional models and theories

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