Students will learn how to create and sustain successful cultures of innovation in healthcare from multiple perspectives—personal competence for innovation, use of evidence in decision–making, remodeling system infrastructures, financing, communication, entrepreneurship, technology and policy-making. Students will develop competence in the design, application and testing of innovative processes and products, with the primary focus on preparing students to lead the process of innovation and transformation. Innovative thinking, planning, implementing and evaluation are emphasized throughout the program. The curriculum incorporates the latest trends in healthcare and the opportunity to network with other professionals and faculty across diverse disciplines.
MHI 538 Innovation and the Individual
Course Description: This course examines the role and behaviors of an innovator. Learn to challenge status quo positions, create a compelling vision to influence others, develop resilience, personal balance, and an attitude supportive of risk taking, understand the psychology of work, and define optimal functioning in a world of work overload.
MHI 540 Understanding and Applying Principles of Evidence-Based Practice
Course Description: This course develops participants’ knowledge and expertise in interdisciplinary evidence-based practice and the use of EBP in facilitating the highest quality of care for consumers. Learn to lead based upon empirical evidence and personal experience and develop methods for using current evidence to “make the case” for change within healthcare systems.
MHI 542 Systems Thinking in a Complex Environment
Course Description: This course focuses on systems principles and their application with an emphasis on innovation. Learn about healthcare system assessment, designing system interventions, responding to feedback and managing resistance to system innovations. Specific emphasis is given to systems thinking from a complexity science perspective and the implications for innovation.
MHI 544 Information Technology in Healthcare
Course Description: This course analyzes entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial dynamics and technology development. Learn about methods of managing research and development and new technology implementation, as well as the specifics of innovation in start-up organizations.
MHI 548 Advanced Principles and Concepts of Innovation
Course Description: This course provides an overview of the theory and principles of process of innovation, the various methods of diffusion of innovation as well as the skills necessary to lead the design and application of innovations. Learn to apply innovation theory and principles, identify the obstacles to innovation and initiate strategies to overcome obstacles and to facilitate success.
MHI 550 Healthcare Policy & Innovation
Course Description: This course explores healthcare policy development, key organizations, and strategies for impacting future policy specific to innovation and research. Learn to identify and address barriers/support for innovation, develop skill in formulating health care reform initiatives to support and advance innovation in healthcare, and develop competence in grass roots activism and support.
MHI 552 Financing for Innovation
Course Description: This course details available public and private resources for innovation and identifies future/anticipated financial needs at the national and local levels to sustain a culture supportive of innovation. Learn to develop models for innovation financing, including cost effectiveness, return on investment, net present value, and community benefit will be discussed.
MHI 554 Outcomes Evaluation
Course Description: This course assists in identifying, examining, analyzing, and measuring the infrastructure, processes and outcomes specific to the work of innovation. Learn to integrate outcomes and key performance indicators in leading adaptive challenges.
MHI 561 Innovation Methods
Course Description: This course introduces the active skills of idea generation in a healthcare innovation context. Learn to brainstorm, think broadly, and remain open to innovation.
MHI 563 Capstone: Innovation Project
Course Description: The Capstone experience applies the concepts learned in MHI core courses. You will present evidence of knowledge in innovation principles and applications and strategies for implementation and evaluation of your proposed change project through a video and mindmap.
Students are also required to take one 3-credit graduate level course as an elective.