Healthcare Innovation

Trinity College Dublin

Healthcare Innovation

Course Overview
On this programme, you will learn the fundamental of idea development, creative problem solving and innovation. You will be empowered to investigate a diverse range of innovation-related topics and act on opportunities in a variety of healthcare contexts. You will be able to identify and respond to today’s healthcare innovation opportunities and value in a focused manner. You will be equipped with the skills to critique the commercial, social and cultural value of new opportunities for innovation and evaluate the process involved in bringing an idea through to implementation.

You will learn to approach problem solving in an innovative way, by using tools and techniques to brainstorm new ideas and applying lateral thinking. By engaging with entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment, you will learn the fundamentals of both and by availing of valuable peer-to-peer learning you will experience the process of bringing an idea through from development through to implementation.

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
• Evaluate theories and concepts associated with creativity and innovation in a healthcare context
• Use structured methods of brainstorming and ideation
• Empathise with a broad group of stakeholders to identify their needs
• Explain how failure can be used as an opportunity for learning in a healthcare setting.
• Manage a healthcare innovation project to successful
• Identify and apply the major steps, tools and frameworks used in discovering, evaluating and developing opportunities for new healthcare ventures
• Demonstrate critical reasoning skills in identifying the business model and in assessing the viability of new venture opportunities
• Demonstrate an understanding of new venture financial modelling
• Present & communicate, in a professional and informed manner, a venture elevator pitch.

Subjects taught

Module 1: Innovation and Creativity in Healthcare (10 ECTS)
This module explores the principles and practices associated with creativity and innovation. It exposes students to frameworks and methodologies for idea generation, problem solving and creative collaboration in order to support positive innovation in a healthcare context.

Module 2 - Opportunity Generation, Recognition and Communication (10 ECTS)
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the tools to generate and recognise entrepreneurial opportunities. There is also a focus on the communication and articulation of such opportunity in an influential manner.

Module 3 - Enterprise Development in Healthcare (10 ECTS)
This module focuses specifically on the creation, development, growth and funding of innovation driven new ventures in healthcare. It is designed to build on the learnings from Modules 1 and 2, and to increase confidence in students in new venture evaluation, viewing ventures through the perspectives of their multiple stakeholders, most notably the potential investor. Over the course of module 3, each student will identify a new healthcare innovation opportunity to explore and deliver as a venture pitch presentation.

Entry requirements

Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree (or equivalent) with grade 2.1 or higher, in any discipline from a recognised institution. Those with demonstrated entrepreneurship aspirations will be prioritised.

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may still be considered if they can demonstrate their suitability for the course based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) under Trinity’s RPL policy and procedures.

All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present qualifications in the English language that pass the grades set by IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent).

All students are required to have a laptop or a PC, a webcam and stable Internet connection.

Application dates

Closing Date: 8th November 2023


12 weeks, Saturdays & Sundays.

Enrolment dates

Next Intake
Course Begins: 25th January 2024
Course ends: 17th June 2024

Please note: places are offered on a rolling basis, and the course may close in advance of date listed.

More details
  • Qualification letters

    P. Grad. Cert.

  • Qualifications

    Special Purpose Certificate (Level 9 NFQ)

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    Blended,Daytime,Part time,Weekend

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