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: Introduces the role of the innovator, including the essential behaviors of risk taking, managing workload and addressing the challenges of innovation.
MHI 540 Understanding and Applying Principles of Evidence-Based Practice
Course Description: Understanding how application of evidence-based practice principles assists healthcare professionals to provide the best care.
MHI 542 Systems Thinking in a Complex Environment
Course Description: Studies basic and advanced systems principles as they relate to the American healthcare system. Specific emphasis is given to system assessment, designing system interventions, and managing system dysfunction from the innovator’s perspective.
MHI 548 Advanced Principles and Concepts of Innovation
Course Description: Explores and analyzes the innovation in complex systems, focusing on developing specific skills for successful innovations.
MHI 550 Healthcare Policy & Innovation
Course Description: This course focuses on development of healthcare policy and the way in which private and public organizations employ strategies for shaping future policy. Learning experiences will include opportunities for students to analyze and evaluate current policies and formulate recommendations for change.
MHI 552 Financing for Innovation
Course Description: Provides an overview of healthcare economics; develops budgeting, planning, and management skills; and culminates in financial analysis skills necessary to facilitate management decision making or writing business plans or grant proposals.
MHI 554 Outcomes Evaluation
Course Description: Outcomes measurement, management and evaluation for healthcare practitioners and/or leaders.
MHI 561 Capstone Innovation Project I
Course Description: Capstone project to learn the active skills of healthcare innovation using an adapted IDEO model.
MHI 563 Capstone: Final Innovation Project
Course Description: Applies the concepts learned in MHI core courses and presents evidence of knowledge in innovation principles, applications and strategies for implementation and evaluation. Students will develop an innovation project in the form of a mind map.
MHI 591 IT Strategy in Healthcare
Course Description: Analyzes entrepreneurial dynamics and technology development, methods of research and development management, new technology implementation, and start-up organization.
MHI 584 Internship (optional)
Guided practical experience in the healthcare innovation field. The MHI internship experience varies according to the organization within which the internship is offered.
Students should refer to the specific syllabus provided by the lead faculty overseeing the internship. For further information regarding current internship opportunities, please contact the MHI program administrator – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are also required to take one 3-credit graduate level course as an elective.