Rethinking Healthcare - Innovation as a powerful driver – University of Copenhagen

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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.

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

Course structure/ teaching methods

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.

“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.

Teachers, facilitators, practitioners and experts

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

Key teachers with product, service and system innovation:

Credits: 5 ECTS
Exam: Oral examination
Group presentation based on three assignments (handed in during the course).
Marking scale: pass/fail


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, philosophy, public health, medicine, human biology, and the natural sciences. 

Application procedures

The online application form will be available on this web page 22 January 2018. The application deadline is 1 April 2018.

Tuition fee

Participants exempted from payment:

Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their MSc programme. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.

Students enrolled in certain programmes at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, do not need a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the overview of study programmes, where preapproval of summer course is not required.

Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.

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 2018. 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.

Contact information

Course administration: Nina Louise Fynbo Riis

Course responsible: Tine Alkjær

Additional Information

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.

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

For more information about Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen.

The course is financially supported by Danish Foundation for Entrepreneurship.

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