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2023/2024  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
Max. participants 40
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Course coordinator
  • Claus Bøttcher Jørgensen - Department of Strategy and Innovation (SI)
Main academic disciplines
  • Innovation
  • Project and change management
Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face teaching
Last updated on 25-01-2023

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Learning objectives
Learning objectives for Industry Hosted Projects:
  • Overall ability to contribute to problem solving in a specific innovation pursued by the host organization. This contribution may focus on an aspects of the specific innovation as a whole.
  • This overall ability in problem solving comprises competences referring to:
  • - transforming the innovation challenges experienced by the host into a problem formulation lending itself to rigorous analysis and use of existing academic literature
  • - conducting collection and analysis of data inside and outside the host organization, using relevant methodologies, and demonstrating an understanding of the potentials and limitations of those methodologies
  • - understanding and recommendations regarding the way the host can implement and utilize the results of the project
  • - presenting and explaining results in a face to face meeting with the project host in a way which is useful and engaging for the project host.
  • - Ability to apply, when relevant tools, concepts and theories acquired in courses from the first year of MSc IHC.
  • Learning objectives for Literature-based Projects:
  • Ability to develop a problem statement of importance for a defined section of the overall healthcare value chain (e.g. large device companies, start-ups in digital health, hospitals or primary care actors).
  • Ability to address the problem by identifying and utilizing relevant literature or secondary data, and to demonstrate methodological competences in assessing, applying and combining these different sources.
  • Ability to develop conclusions that are relevant for important decisions or direction of actions by your chosen section of actors, and to reflect on the implications and applicability of your conclusions.
  • Ability to apply, where relevant, tools, concepts and theories acquired in courses from the first year of MSc IHC.
Course prerequisites
If the number of students outnumbers the number of places for external collaborations, students will be given the possibility to write a literature based project.

If a student has not passed the four first semester courses before the start of the second semester innovation project the study programme reserves the right to cancel the collaboration. The student can instead write a literature based project.
Prerequisites for registering for the exam (activities during the teaching period)
Number of compulsory activities which must be approved (see section 13 of the Programme Regulations): 1
Compulsory home assignments
Midterm report of max. 20 pg. meeting minimum requirements specified in the syllabus of the course. Acceptance of the midterm report is a condition for doing the final exam of the course. The mid-term report is written in the project groups.
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, 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 5
Size of written product Max. 50 pages
Assignment type Project
Release of assignment An assigned subject is released in class
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 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, structure and pedagogical approach

This course consists of a group project and of classes addressing issues typically encountered in health care innovation projects in companies, start-up or in the health care provider organisations. Examples of these issues are concerned with innovation design, needs analysis, development of value propositions, markets and pricing of medical products, or issues in organizational implementation of innovation.


Organised into groups, students focus on a specific innovation challenge in a specific company or health provider organization (typically a hospital). The project group carries out field work in its host organization to obtain the most fruitful problem statement, to collect data, and to present and discuss solutions. This type of project, referred to as IndustryHosted Projects, require a substantial effort from all project members in terms of coordinating and collaborating with the host company within normal work hours


Groups unable to meet these requirements instead write a project on an issue in health care innovation based on literature and existing cases. These will be referred to as Literature-based Projects. They require the same workload as do Industry Hosted Projects, but they offer students more flexibility in terms of scheduling and carrying out their project work.

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 is continuously offered in the supervision of projects, in the assessment of the midway report and in the context of the oral exam.
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 25-01-2023