MSc in Business Administration and Innovation in Health Care
Graduates will find their jobs in a variety of segments, including:
• Private providers of health care, monitoring, safety
• The (emerging) globalized health industry
• 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
”How do employers see the new MSc in Innovation in Health Care?”
As part of the preparation of the new MSc in Innovation in Health Care (IHC) interviews were made with a broad range of leaders in health care organisations and businesses. According to these leaders, does the new degree address the right questions that will help solve important problems in health care? Will the new degree offer interesting jobs to its graduates? The following are quotes from these interviews:
"There is a need for professionalization of skills in health care innovation. This new Msc programme fosters the new mind-set we need. Particularly I can see the potentials in the combination of skills provided by this programme and I clearly see a job market for it. When it comes to innovation the health care sector is at an infant stage. The sector has neither the tools nor the engine to drive innovations, and this where what makes the graduates from this new programme very, very interesting. They will make a difference in both the public and the private segments of the health care sector."
Peter Huntley, CEO Medicoindustrien the industry association for Danish device companies
"A main challenge with innovation in the public health system lies in moving a project from its introductory stage, where only few people use it, to the stage of having it strategically anchored and turned into an effective regional platform. For this challenge the sector simply lacks professionalization in the processes and management of innovation. There is not a doubt in my mind that the new MCs in Innovation in Health care will cover this important need that is currently unfulfilled."
Henrik Wieland, Associate Partner, Healthcare industry leader, IBM
"When we introduce new solutions to the municipal administrations, it is often difficult to find the local skills required to handle and implement the projects and to get them effectively anchored in the organization. There is simply a shortage of the competences needed to support the development of innovation in municipalities. Therefore this programme in Innovation in Health Care is highly relevant also at the municipal."
Thyra Jart, Business Line Manager, KMD
"There is a strong need for this new 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. "
Ian Røpke, Programme Director, Copenhagen Municipality
"There is no doubt that innovation in health care will remain a focus area for years to come. Our innovation projects lack the skills to effectively connect the private and public sector, and a new MSc in health care innovation can contribute importantly to these skills. Neither clinical experts nor traditional bureaucrats have been trained in project management. This is one of the aspects we are missing in our work with health care innovation. It is important that the MSc in Innovation in Health Care will strengthen the ability to work with project management, including performance management of time and budgets and stakeholder involvement ".
Adam Wolf, CEO, Danish Regions
"It is important to educate a new type of professional innovation specialists and to get them integrated into hospitals. When it comes to innovation we are still at the level of amateurs. We need a professionalization of health care innovation. Hospitals are also ready to take innovation seriously. About 10 years ago I could not mention the words "Lean" or "innovation" without being hissed off. Today it's totally different, it meets full acceptance, and things have change profoundly.
Therefore we are ready to embrace graduates from this new degree, and I have no doubt that there is a need for them. It is important that hospitals have the opportunity to hire candidates with a solid education in this field. It is a great advantage for hospitals to get access to graduates with a broader professional skill set, embracing the entire field of innovation. I think that training in the innovation skills of health care should fill such a MSc programme entirely".
Bent Ottesen, Professor, Director of the project on The Future of the Juliane Marie Centre at Rigshospitalet)
MSc(ICH) was given the following comment by Thomas Kirk Vilsbøll, CEO, Falck Healthcare In Berlingske Tidende, Nov. 9, 2011,
"The fact that now that the business school and with a clear business-oriented perspective going in and dealing with health, is incredibly interesting for a company like ours, working primarily with health in the workplace and prevention of diseases. There has been lacking a market-driven approach that meets the needs of both the companies, that are our customers, and employees themselves as well as society as a whole. Therefore, the combination of the two roads into the sector - the health sciences and the business-oriented – is spot on. "