Precision Health: Innovation and Entrepreneurship Specialization

Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Think entrepreneurially, develop innovative solutions

Leaders in Precision Health are challenged to think entrepreneurially – to notice the clients’ problems and develop innovative solutions for them, embedded in viable business models. These product and process innovations can be implemented within the current public healthcare systems, as well within new ventures, social enterprises, non-profit firms, or private companies. It is crucial to train precision health professionals in the design, analysis, planning, delivery, implementation and evaluation of innovative precision health projects – be it new products, new services, new systems, new delivery models – that allow achieving the double-edged goal of improving patient care coupled with cost containment.

Courses

Students in this certificate specialization must complete four courses (three units each).


Foundations of Precision Health (required)

A key element of Precision Health is the ability to critically appraise myriad types of data in order to facilitate better clinical decisions, health system improvements and clinical education delivery. Beginning with the essential statistical underpinnings of data analyses in health and related research, and demonstrating ways in which those analyses can be leveraged to improve decision making and health and education systems, this course will set students up to succeed in Precision Health specializations.

Entreprenuerial Thinking and Innovation in Precision Health (required)

Application of entrepreneurial thinking principles to develop innovative ideas in any context: private or public, for-profit or non-for profit. Particular emphasis is placed on generating innovative (novel and useful) ideas in a precision health context.

Sustainable Business Cases for Precision Health Innovations (required)

Building business cases for innovative ideas in precision health systems, based on objective and holistic business and economic analysis. The course concentrates on both internal projects within healthcare systems and new venturing ideas.

Implementing Innovations in Precision Health (Option 1)

Planning and organizing the execution of innovation projects within precision health systems, including budgeting, mobilizing financial resources, and strategic planning. The course concentrates on both internal projects within healthcare systems and new venturing ideas.

Managing Technology Development in Precision Health (Option 2)

Planning and organizing the implementation of technology development projects in precision health (e.g., software, wearable devices, big data applications, etc.). Particular topics include technology development approaches, planning for execution, budgeting, and minimal viable products.

Courses

Graduate Diploma courses are the same for all four specializations. Students must complete four courses (three units each).


Health System Leadership

A critical examination of leadership development in the era of precision health as it relates to individual leadership practices, multi-disciplinary teams and the broader healthcare system. Exploration of new frameworks to facilitate collaborative decision making and effecting change. Students will use critical appraisal to identify the most relevant research and make evidence-based decisions to problem-solve around real issues in health systems.

Managing Complex Projects in Precision Health

Selection and application of the proper approaches for planning and executing complex innovative projects. Particular emphasis is placed on managing the innovative (novel and useful) ideas in a precision health context.

Elective 1 - Choose Ethics and Law of Precision Health, or a course from any specialization

To receive the Diploma, graduate students are required to have successfully completed the Ethics and Law of Precision Health course.  If a graduate student has already completed this course, the student may select an elective from any specialization.

Elective 2 - Choose a course from any specialization

Courses

Students must complete four courses (three units each).


Advanced Innovation & Entrepreneurship

Application of insights from the research literature for selecting the appropriate  approaches for planning and executing the system-level innovative projects in precision health. Particular topics include barriers to healthcare innovations and frameworks (financial, organizational, informational) for implementing system-level innovations.

Integrated Topics

Integration of theory, research, application and experience in the student’s area of sub-specialization. This course provides the student the opportunity to integrate theory and practice: to link the knowledge and skills derived from the Master of Precision Health program, published research articles, and their experiential learning opportunity. Students will participate in collaborative discussions regarding professional and ethical issues, Experiential Learning situations, research and how to apply theory to the practice of precision health in the student’s area of specialization.

Experiential Learning Opportunities - A & B (3 units each)

Precision Health Experiential Learning opportunities with professional supervision in student's area of specialization or interest. This course must be taken concurrently with the Integrated Topics course. This course is intended to offer practical and supervised opportunities to develop students’ existing precision medicine knowledge and skills to an advanced specialized level. The purpose of this course is to provide advanced level opportunities for development, integration, and experience through either a research project or internship to foster the acquisition of knowledge, and skills relevant to precision health. Together with the Integrative Topics course, the Experiential Learning Opportunity promotes integration of research, theory and practice.

FAQs

Some of the jobs related to this specialization include:

  • business analyst
  • product manager
  • program manager
  • enterprise services development manager
  • product technical specialist
  • business capability analyst
  • project manager
  • project coordinator
  • implementation analyst

Ready to Apply?

1. Create an eID

2. Create a Graduate Studies application

3. Complete the main UCalgary graduate programs questions in the application

4. Select Medicine – Precision Health Graduate Certificate