Odense, Denmark

Engineering – Health Tech Innovator

blended course
when 3 August 2020 - 14 August 2020
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 5 EC

Blended: this course is offered both online and on campus. If physical presence is not possible, the course will still run online.

The challenges of the healthcare systems are apparent. Lifespans are longer and disease trajectories have become more complicated and protracted. These socioeconomic factors create a lot of pressure of the current health care systems. In order for the system to be able to cope with the future challenges innovation is needed. Great opportunities lies in utilizing some of the new revolutionizing technologies, thus the purpose of this Summer course is to strengthen cooperation between healthcare professionals and engineers for solving healthcare challenge.

This Summer school is relevant to students who want to learn about the innovation process in the healthcare industry. In a series of lectures, we will take participants through the important parts of the innovation process in healthtech, from wicked problems, user-driven innovation, entrepreneurial foundational theories and innovation management tools for aligning entrepreneurial processes with solving real life problems to Intellectual property rights (IPR) and CE marking (health, safety and environmental standards) for product sold within the European Economic Area.

Applying project work as a participant-driven framework, participants will practise theoretical learnings in teams working with problems that need multidisciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies.

The project work will run as a design innovation management project and the real-life cases will be presented by external stakeholders e.g. problem-holders (the university hospital, industry and patient organisations).

Lectures will be given by SDU faculty members and external guest lectures from industry, healthcare sector and user-representations.

Keywords for the lectures are:
Healthcare sector, eco system of healthcare sector, industry and product development, Innovation modelling, user-driven innovation, technology roadmapping, prototyping and business modelling.

Course leader

Knud Bonnet Yderstræde / Lykke Margot Ricard / Mette Juel Rothman / Søren Jensen
kyderstraede@health.sdu.dk / lmri@iti.sdu.dk / mjrothmann@health.sdu.dk / soj@iti.sdu.dk

Target group

A basic foundation of students own area of expertise; technology development, design engineering, health and medical science obtained from minimum the bachelor level and currently being enrolled in a relevant university programme.

Course aim

To identify relevant problems in the healthcare system, generate ideas and develop a research design for an innovation process for developing potential solutions
To generate ideas (solutions to a specific problem) and create different prototypes for health and healthcare innovation using SDU maker labs
Use technology roadmapping as a platform for developing visual communication for the team’s innovation strategy
Evaluate and critically reflect on processes and models used for prototyping healthtech innovation
Evaluate and understand the innovation and entrepreneurial process in relation to healthcare and health technology
Define own educational skills and competences that are be valuable in a health innovation process
Perform a short presentation of a healthcare innovation (pitch)

Fee info

EUR 0: Exchange students from a partner university pay no tuition. Guest students pay tuition fees.

NON-EU student: 8635 DKK per course (1160 Euro)

EU Students: 4250 DKK per course (570 Euro)