Sobia Khan, Ph.D.
Director of Implementation
The Center for Implementation
Dr. Sobia Khan is a global expert on how to practically implement complex interventions in complex systems. For over 12 years, her passion for integrating implementation science, systems thinking, and complexity theory to achieve large-scale change has been illustrated through her work on multiple implementation projects in Canada, the U.S., Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Myanmar, and Kosovo.
Recent highlights of Dr. Khan’s work include supporting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in their opioid response by embedding implementation science and systems thinking into their tools and approaches as well as being an implementation science collaborator with the WHO to support healthcare organizations by building a toolkit on infection prevention and control best practices for COVID-19.
In addition, Dr. Khan is internationally recognized for transforming the landscape of implementation science training by distilling difficult concepts into actionable resources. She has developed world-renowned courses on how to practically implement in organizations, communities, and systems — the only training of its kind. Throughout her career, she has trained 1000+ professionals across 5 continents on the science and practice of implementation with a special orientation to systems thinking.
Dr. Khan emphasizes pragmatic and equity-driven approaches as much of her work focuses on supporting vulnerable populations. She strives to ensure that all perspectives are valued along the implementation pathway with a particular understanding of the need for collective action to create system-level change.
She holds an MPH from the University of Waterloo and a PhD from the Institute for Health Policy, Management and Evaluation at the University of Toronto.