Health Innovation – An Interdisciplinary Approach

Learn about innovation and how your knowledge, skills and ideas can contribute to improvements and development of the health sector.

For students at Uppsala University doing their Master’s thesis project – or correspondingly – spring 2017 and PhD students, the course Health Innovation – An Interdisciplinary Approach, 5 hp, is an outstanding opportunity to harness group creativity, improve the communication and transfer of knowledge in multidisciplinary teams and to expand contact networks.

The course will run once a week at late afternoons from February to May 2017, with lectures, seminars and group work. It can help participants identify new aspects of their Master’s thesis project and how ideas and results can be implemented in society. Briefly, the course will be divided in three parts:

The innovative society, describing the innovation cycle, needs identifications, sustainable innovations etc.
The innovative group, describing group dynamics, experts in team and solution-based creative thinking
Innovations within organisations, discussing different organisational structures (academy, health care, industries), health economy, innovation support and legal aspects.

Participants will be provided with insight about innovative processes and how innovative thinking can be applied in projects in the health sector to improve economic performance and benefit the societal needs.

See poster: Health Innovation 2017

Quotes from former participants:

"A very interesting and instructive course, with a close connection to both academia and industry as well as very relevant lectures which gave a good insight into how the start-up of new innovations in the field is done."

"The course gave a good insight into the innovation way of thinking, as well as skills in pitching that can be used in many situations ... a great addition to a Master's program and can be seen as facilitating before stepping out to work."

Erik Gullberg, Course Leader
Lina Sors Emilsson, Assistant Course Leader
Titti Ekegren, EIT Health Project Leader
Catharina Svensson, EIT Health Education Coordinator

Health Innovation – An Interdisciplinary Approach is part of Uppsala University's engagement in EIT Health and as such has an overarching goal to promote entrepreneurship and innovations in healthy living and active ageing, with the aim to improve quality of life and healthcare across Europe.