Program of Study:

Courses must be taken in sequential order beginning with NURS 5111.

Course Number Course Title Summer I Summer II
NURS 5111 Healthcare Innovation Theory and Application X
NURS 5112 Healthcare Opportunities for System Level Solutions X
NURS 5113 Developing & Leading a Sustainable Culture of Innovation X
NURS 5114 Healthcare Innovation Development - Capstone X

Session Dates:

Summer I: May 6 through June 21

Summer II: July 8 through August 23

NURS 5111: Healthcare Innovation Theory and Application (3-Credits)

This course is designed to introduce the student to innovation as a concept, leading theories and applications to health care. The course will begin with an effort to define the concept of innovation. Beyond the concept analysis, this course will expose students to leading innovation theorists. Each theorist has a different approach and perspective on innovation. Students should be able to compare and contrast the key theorists, their perspectives and identify real life situations (e.g., case studies) that can be supported (and not supported) by the concepts within these theories. While these theorists are not health care professionals, their theories have been used to explain phenomenon in the health care industry. Beyond the theoretical and conceptual understanding of innovation, the students will need to demonstrate an understanding of how to apply these theories to real life use cases. Lastly, this course will emphasize the relationship between innovation and evidence based-practice.

NURS 5112: Healthcare Opportunities for System Level Solutions (3-Credits)

This course follows the Health Care Innovation Theory and Application course. In this course, students will be instructed on how to use the principles of the first course to identify opportunities in health care (e.g., problems to be solved). Nurses and health care professionals work around problems every day. Yet, rarely are these workarounds viewed as system level opportunities for improvements. This course will emphasize the critical thinking and creativity needed to identify a problem, and instead of determining how to solve for one, focus on how one might be able to solve for many. By the end of this course, students should feel confident in their ability to recognize opportunities and begin to move toward a system (e.g., organizational) level thinking instead of an individual level thinking. This course is focused on the individual as the innovator.

NURS: 5113: Developing & Leading a Sustainable Culture of Healthcare Innovation (3-Credits)

This course will introduce the essential concepts of organizational change, leadership and project management necessary to build and foster a culture of health care innovation. To innovate, one must also have an environment that allows innovation to grow and flourish. While we do need individuals to know how to think and act innovatively, we also need leaders who can embrace these behaviors and build a culture that supports such efforts. Traditionally, our health care environments have tended to reward “we’ve always done it this way” behaviors and stunt those who identify opportunities for improvement as disruptive. Through this course, students will learn the importance of effective leadership with any organizational change. Project management is an essential skill for any leader in health care and especially that of new changes being introduced to an environment.

NURS 5114: Healthcare Innovation Development (3-Credits)

This course is the last in the Health Care Innovation certificate program. Health Care Innovation Development will serve as the capstone course. In this course, students will need to identify a problem in the health care industry and propose a solution to that problem. Through the course of the semester, the student will have weekly instruction on essential steps necessary to take an idea through to solution development. The capstone project will serve as the culmination of what the students have learned through the program and provide evidence of their competence to take the theories, concepts and applications into their daily practice.