MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care

Through a thorough understanding of the challenges that health care systems are facing around the world, you will learn to analyse health care innovations as business cases and develop actionable skills for their design and implementation.

Hear the Programme Director and the students talk about the interdisciplinarity of the programme.

About the programme

Innovation in health care at a radical scale will be a necessary part of the solution to the structural, demographic, technological and financial challenges facing health care systems. The skills required to enable these innovations are getting more important.

MSc IHC is designed to provide you with powerful analytical and actionable skills in the unique context of health care organisations and companies. You will be trained to initiate, manage and implement innovations that will be necessary for the transformation that will take place at all levels of the health care systems, involving both its public and commercial parts and the important relationship between these two. Courses draw on industry experts, high quality academic faculty and real life cases.

Leaders in health care organisations and businesses stress the importance of educating this type of professional innovation specialists in the intersection of business and healthcare:

"There is a strong need for this degree in Innovation in health care. It is important to get health care innovation articulated and defined as a serious discipline in its own right. Currently innovations in health care are too often handled by enthusiasts lacking relevant specialized managerial skills. From this we get results that are a far cry from what could have been achieved with more professionalized staff. " says Ian Røpke, Programme Director, Copenhagen Municipality.

What to consider

IHC is the world’s first full two years master’s program offered in health care innovation.

Other leading universities are also beginning to offer courses or concentrations in this field. To see how the Copenhagen program is positioned among these initiatives, take a look at this short video from Harvard Business School.

Work in close connection with local companies
During their two years of studies students become involved in several innovation projects with local companies, start-ups, hospitals and health care organizations.

Students come from various backgrounds
To build an interdisciplinary learning environment IHC welcomes applicants with bachelor degrees across a range of both business and health disciplines.

Collaboration with University of Copenhagen
IHC as been developed and is delivered jointly by CBS and the University of Copenhagen (Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences).

Certified by EIT
MSc IHC is accredited not only by the Danish Government by also by EIT Health and has obtained the EIT labeling

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Study environment 

Student life at CBS
Studying at CBS is much more than just preparing for and going to classes.

At CBS, there are more than 23,000 students with different backgrounds and nationalities. Teamwork is an essential part of studying at CBS both in classes and in extracurricular activities. 

With more than 100 student organisations, you also have plenty of opportunities to engage and connect with students across programmes and classes. 

Learn more about the vibrant student life at CBS, the student organisations, and the international environment on Student life

For internationals
If you are an international student, we have gathered a lot of information about what it is like to be an international student at CBS and how you can prepare for life in Denmark.

Read more on For internationals 

Teaching and exams

Hear students tell about their projects hosts and about their experience of working together. 

Read more about Teaching and working methods on Student life

Read about Exams and exams types on Student life

Time consumption
You should know that it is demanding to study in a graduate programme, and both the curriculum and workload is  significantly higher than at bachelor level. 

If you are studying on a full-time graduate programme, you should expect spending approximately 37 hours on average on your studies each week. The workload will vary during the year.

The time leading up to assignment submissions and exams can be hectic, and you can easily work more than 40 hours a week in this period. Preparing for oral exams can be especially time consuming, because you have to be able to explain and discuss the covered concepts and theories and learn things by heart.

Read more about Time consumption on Student Life

Student job
Most programmes are quite flexible in terms of combining studies with a student job. Most students work a maximum of 15 hours a week in order to have sufficient time for their studies.

Studying in Denmark - for internationals
If this is your first time studying in Denmark, you may find teaching and exam formats, the grading scale and the academic calendar very different from what you are used to.

Read about everything you need to know as an international student studying at CBS on For internationals > Academic information  


Career opportunities

Graduates find their jobs in a variety of segments such as:  

  • Private providers of health care, monitoring, safety
  • The globalized health industry
  • Hospitals
  • The Medico and Health-IT industries
  • Providers of software systems and applications,  incl. clinical decision support solutions
  • Pharmaceutical firms (in their care-directed functions)
  • Patient’s organizations
  • Public health administration at national, regional and municipal levels
  • Creating their own companies

Competence profile
In the competence profile you can read about the purpose of the programme and the competencies you achieve in the programme:Competence profile for MSc in Innovation in Health Care

    Course overview

    1st semester

    2nd semester

    3rd semester

    4th semester

    1st quarter

    Innovation in Clinical Processes and Health Care Delivery
    (7,5 ECTS)

    Choose one track (see details below)

    Digital Innovation in Health Care


    Health Technology Assessment


    Bio and Health Care Entrepreneurship


    Master's thesis
    (30 ECTS)



    Health Care Innovation and Management
    (7,5 ECTS)

    Managerial Statistics for Innovation
    (7,5 ECTS)

    Foundations of Health Care IT
    (7,5 ECTS)

    2nd quarter  
    Health Systems and Innovation
    (7,5 ECTS)

    The Health Care Innovation Project 
    (15 ECTS)

    The Organization of Health Care Innovation
    (7,5 ECTS)

    You can read more about the programme, academic content and exams in the programme regulations for MSc in Innovation in Health Care


    Choose one of the following tracks on your third semester.

    For more information contact

    Sidst opdateret: Web editor - Student Communications // 27/11/2023