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2018/2019  KAN-CIHCO2003U  The Health Care Innovation Project

English Title
The Health Care Innovation Project

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 15 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Pedro Oliveira - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 12-02-2019

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Learning objectives
  • Obtain skills in assessing and integrating, with reference to a specific innovation project, the relevance and applicability of tools, concepts and theories acquired in all other first year courses
  • Skills in absorbing medical understanding and practices relating to specific health care challenges and in activating that understanding when conceiving, developing and implementing innovations addressing those challenges
  • Demonstrate competence in analysing opportunities and restraints in a specific area of health care innovation, including issues of markets and appropriability.
  • Ability to develop (parts of) a specific health care innovation and carry out data collection and analysis to inform that development
  • Competence in anticipating and planning for the reception and diffusion of the innovation in markets, in internal organisational implementation and among patient groups and organisations
  • Formulate and present the business case of a health care innovation in effective and informative communication to its potential stakeholders (e.g. companies, investors, entrepreneurs, health care organisations)
Course prerequisites
If the number of students outnumbers the number of places for external collaborations in the second semester innovation project then students will be given the possibility to write a theoretical or case-oriented project.

Learning obtained in first semester courses bears directly on the skills the student can offer as part of a second semester innovation project carried out in collocation with an external partner. If a student has not passed the three first semester courses before the start of the second semester innovation project the study programme reserves the right to cancel the collaboration. The student will instead write a write a theoretical or case-oriented project.
The Health Care Innovation Project:
Exam ECTS 15
Examination form Oral exam based on written product

In order to participate in the oral exam, the written product must be handed in before the oral exam; by the set deadline. The grade is based on an overall assessment of the written product and the individual oral performance.
Individual or group exam Individual oral exam based on written group product
Number of people in the group 4-5
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
Assignment type Project
Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
If a student is ill during the regular oral exam, he/she will be able to re-use the project at the make-up exam. If a student is ill during the writing of the project and did not contribute to the project, the make-up exam can be written individually or in groups (provided that other students are taking the make-up/re-exam). If the student did not pass the regular exam or did not show up at the oral exam, he/she must make a new revised project (confer advice from the examiner) and hand it in on a new deadline specified by the secretariat.
Course content and structure

Each year the course addresses a specific area requiring health care innovations, e.g. a  life style related disease, aging issues, specific types of handicaps etc. The course starts out with medical and health care professionals teaching relevant medical aspects of this particular area, the ways it is addressed in current therapies, practices and reregulation of the health care system. Students also acquire an overview of literatures, institutions, organisations, companies and patient groups in the area. These stakeholders will also give presentations in class. Organised into groups, students identify project ideas based on interaction with practitioners, when possible combined with on site visits to and collaboration with them. The introductory part of the course includes also crash courses in marketanalysis and -strategizing and in IPR/appropriability.

Early in the course each student group selects an innovation. Over the semester the group develops that innovation as the core of the semester project. They underpin design solutions with analyses and conclusions. Projects need not cover all stages or aspects of the project, and may instead focus on a justifiable selection thereof. Project groups present their results to practitioners and are given feedback on their solutions. Alongside their group work students attend classes presenting tools and solutions that add to or integrate their learning from other first year courses. 

Description of the teaching methods
Teaching includes lectures, supervised project supervision, presentation by and interactions with practitioners, and - when feasible - on-site learning in stakeholder organisations.
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback will be given during supervision.
Student workload
classes 50 hours
Preparation of lectures 125 hours
report/supervision 150 hours
on site stakeholder visits and presentation of results 50 hours
exam preparation and exam 75 hours
Last updated on 12-02-2019