Rethinking Healthcare - Innovation as a powerful driver

“Nobody knew healthcare could be so complicated”, (President Donald Trump, February 2017). 

Healthcare is undoubtedly a complex matter and skills to handle this are important. This summer course seeks to provide the participants with innovation tools applicable for working with healthcare challenges.

Theory meets reality

Participants will learn different theories and approaches to healthcare innovation and use them to work on challenges set by practitioners from the healthcare sector. The practitioners will provide data, set-ups for fieldwork and feedback on the developed solutions.

Through lectures, workshops, teamwork and counselling sessions we will cover innovation within service (human), system (organization) and product (devices/technology).

Learning by doing

We will translate theory into practice by producing healthcare innovation prototypes. Reflections and debate of the prototypes will be stimulated by feedback sessions in which also experts and healthcare professionals participate. The format will be a mix of lectures and case based group exercises.

Students working

“Two brains are better than one”

Teamwork and interdisciplinarity will be keywords for this summer course. You will meet other students with various educational backgrounds and this will inspire and stimulate creativity and raise awareness about your own professional skills.

That is why, we are excited to welcome students who share interest in health and healthcare to our summer course – across disciplines and borders.

On-campus module 5 - 23 August 2019
Exam 23 August 2019

Credit points: 5 ECTS

Who can participate?

The course is open to master's students across educations with health care aspects and participants with a specific interest in health care and innovation.

Master's students and professionals with a broad range of educational backgrounds are welcome, such as :

  • biomedical engineering
  • engineering
  • anthropology
  • social sciences
  • public health
  • medicine
  • human biology
  • humanities
  • natural sciences

How is the course structured?

The course consist of 3 weeks intensive teaching in Copenhagen. The teaching will vary between lectures and case based  group exercises. 

We will introduce you to methods, models and theories of innovation and teach you to use them to reimagine, rethink and reinvent healthcare. All this is in close collaboration with health professionals who visit the summer course and present current issues from their practice.

For inspiration, please see last years programme.

Teachers, facilitators, practitioners and experts

Behind the course is a multidisciplinary team of researchers and teachers from UCPH, DTU, INNO X at AU, ITU, CHI and from the healthcare sector as well as a private company (Sinua Partners).

Key teachers with product, service and system innovation:

For more details, please read the course description in UCPH's course database.

How do I apply?

You apply through the link in the top right hand side of this webpage.

The online application form will be available on this web page mid-January 2019. The application deadline is 1 April 2019.

How much is the tuition fee?

You are exempted from payment, if:

You are enrolled at a Danish university and the course is part of your master's programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer from their home institution upon application.

You are a student at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH,  and the course has already been approved for your study programme. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

You are an exchange student and attend the course as part of your Erasmus+ exchange semester (min. 3 months stay).

You are an exchange student nominated through Nordplus express or Nordlys.

Fee-paying participants:

All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

EU/EEA citizens 5,000 DKK
Non-EU/EEA citizens 9,000 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course.

Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund policy

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course including e-learning modules.

Can I apply for a scholarship?

Unfortunately,  the University of Copenhagen does not offer any scholarships or tuition fee reductions.

Contact information

If you have questions about the course content, please write to

Course administration: Mads Lind

Course responsible: Tine Alkjær


Accommodation: Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen.

You can use different online portals to search for accommodation, such as:

Copenhagen has an international airport, and the city centre can be reached within 30 minutes. If you want additional information read Arriving in Copenhagen.

Please study our websites for more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences and the University of Copenhagen.

The course is financially supported by Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

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