Health Innovation Practicum

Health Innovation Practicum, Autumn 2017, Thursdays, 5:00-6:50 p.m., Paccar Hall 391
ENTRE 445/545
Instructors: Emer Dooley, and Russell Benaroya.

Course description: The goal of this seminar is to expose students to issues in health and help students innovate and create solutions to the toughest health challenges we face –on a domestic or global scale. All healthcare innovations must achieve the “Triple Aim” of:

  1. Improving the experience of care. (Quality)
  2. Improving the health of populations. (Access)
  3. Reducing per capita costs. (Cost)

Students will form cross-disciplinary teams around project concepts chosen by the class and present the team’s solutions to classmates and a panel of expert judges who will score the presentations. Although not required, teams are invited and encouraged to go beyond the class to compete in the 2018 Health Innovation Challenge.

Learning objectives:

  • Learn about some of the biggest challenges in the health field are, and how various actors are tackling them.
  • Learn from best-in-class innovators and industry experts about solutions emerging in health.
  • Evaluate business opportunities in health as outlined by guest speakers, required readings and world news.
  • Gain hands-on experience in creating business solutions for issues in Health and pitching your ideas to panels of experts.

Grading:This is a 4.0-scale graded 2-credit class with a course mean of 3.5. Individual assignments and attendance contribute 60% of the points to the course grade while the remainder comes from the team project. All written assignments will be submitted and graded electronically through the class website on Canvas. Assignments are due at the start of class at 4:00 p.m. Late assignments will be accepted within 24 hours of the deadline but are subject to an automatic 5% grade penalty. Assignments submitted more than 24 hours after deadline will not be accepted.

To the greatest extent possible, this will be a paperless class. All assignments can be found, must be submitted and will be graded through the class website.

Graded Assignments Points:
Class attendance/participation (weekly sign-in sheets). 200
Graded Discussion (To be completed on Canvas before class) 5 X 40 points 200
Team Project Pitch: 3 things Value Proposition –Problem and Solution and Rough Market Size 200
Final team presentation. 300
Confidential team peer evaluations 100
Total Course Points: 1,000

Required Textbook: online materials

How the Team Projects Work
The team projects are a significant part of the Health Innovation Practicum contributing 50% of each student’s total course points. Project ideas come from the students in the class. The opening portion of the first two classes will have time for students with project ideas to briefly outline their concept to the class.

During the second class “posters” summarizing each concept will go up on the classroom walls and each student will be given a set of stickers to use in voting for the concepts they like best. The concepts with the most votes will become the final class project concepts and we’ll spend part of that class organizing teams with the remainder of team organization conducted through Canvas. You will have to form teams by the end of the second class.

Project timelines are tight. The team’s first assignment – the first project Canvas – is due at the very next class in the third week. We will have a team of people who are experts in the health space to help you work on your ideas. They have agreed to be mentors.

The team’s final assignment is a Business model Canvas.

To ensure that all team members contribute to the project, confidential team peer evaluations round out the set of project assignments.

Class Plan