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2022/2023  KAN-CIHCO2004U  Health Systems and Innovation

English Title
Health Systems and Innovation

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory (also offered as elective)
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Quarter
Start time of the course Autumn, Second Quarter
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Max. participants 45
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
  • Strategy
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 13-02-2022

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Learning objectives
The overall objective of this course is to provide students with an introductory knowledge of comparative health system analysis as a basis for innovation practices.
  • To be introduced to and gain understanding of the key actors and arenas for decision-making on health expenditures and technology introduction
  • To be introduced to and gain understanding of examples of health policy reforms and systemic /governance innovations
  • To be introduced to and gain understanding of key performance dimensions of health systems in order to identify potential for innovation
Course prerequisites
This is a mandatory course for the MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care.

To sign up send a 1-page motivational letter and a grade transcript to ily.stu@cbs.dk before the registration deadline for elective courses. You may find the registration deadlines on my.cbs.dk ( https:/​​/​​studentcbs.sharepoint.com/​​graduate/​​pages/​​registration-for-electives.aspx )

Please also remember to sign up through the online registration.
Health Systems and Innovation:
Exam ECTS 7,5
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, see also the rules about examination forms in the programme regulations.
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. 15 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-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn, Examiner from KU and second examiner from CBS, or the other way around.
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, structure and pedagogical approach

Introduction to health systems

1) Introduction to health economics and concepts of market failure. – Understand the concept of third party payer and the necessity of public involvement in regulation of health care

2) Presentations of ideal typical models for health system organization: - Voluntary insurance (regulated market), public insurance (SHI) and public integrated (NHI). – Discussion of pros and cons in light of values and objectives of health systems (equity, quality, efficiency, responsiveness, choice etc.)

3) Presentation of recent reforms and innovations based on ongoing research projects: Centralization/decentralization, public-private mix/quasi markets/choice and contracting, integrated care innovations, performance measurement and management

4) Group based student projects presenting governance innovation topic. Identifying a problem, suggesting an innovative policy solution and discussing the implications in light of core values/objectives of health systems.


In this course students are

  • Introduced to basic health economic concepts of market failure, third party payer and arguments for public involvement in health systems
  • Introduced to frameworks for comparative analysis of health systems
  • Using frameworks to understand institutions, regulations, business environment etc in different health systems
  • Introduced to challenges and organizational/governance innovations to address challenges based on current research projects (see above)
Description of the teaching methods
Combination of lectures, workshops and supervision of group based projects
Feedback during the teaching period
Feedback for innovation project assignments will be provided online.
Student workload
Lectures/class hours 30 hours
Group work 40 hours
Exam preparation 70 hours
Preparation for classes 66 hours
Last updated on 13-02-2022