April 23, 2015


These are the courses I selected as part of my I&E certificate. I chose to enroll in Social Innovation because I was interested in learning about human-centered design and about how we could apply social innovation to the healthcare field. For my elective, I selected Health Economics to further understand the healthcare market and gain in-depth knowledge of economic models of cost-effectiveness, utility, and benefits in health care that will be beneficial in a future career in healthcare business development.

Social Innovation (I&E 261) – Matt Nash and Katherine Black

This course provided an introduction to the emerging field of social innovation. Through readings, vigorous classroom discussion, experiential learning, and individual and team assignments, the course provided students with concepts and frameworks for understanding and practicing effective social innovation. We began by assessing problems with current mental and organizational models for addressing social needs and the resulting desire for, and urgency of, innovative approaches. The course developed a theory of innovation and describes examples of persons and organizations demonstrating innovative approaches. We also looked at how to innovate effectively and the attributes and skills that cultivate such innovation, emphasizing the importance of systems thinking, cross sector collaboration, and creative engagement. Furthermore, we explored some of the limitations of social innovation and considered critical arguments that the field must address in order to gain further credibility as a promising field of academic inquiry and field of practice.

Strategies for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (I&E 352) – Kathie Amato

This course covered component elements of developing skills needed to launch a venture. Starting at the point of need identification, the course covered lean methodology; innovation and entrepreneurship strategy; creating needed financing and resource structures; effectively marketing/communicating innovation and its associated benefits; leading, managing, and working effectively within teams; creating a positive and ethical work culture; and evaluating success. Materials for class discussion were case studies and readings.

Health Economics (ECON 334) – Tracy Falba

This course was an introduction to the economics of health and health care. It explored the health care sector and healthy policy issues from an economic perspective. The course covered issues including the value of health, the demand for health care, health insurance markets, managed care, medical technology, government insurance programs, health care reform, the pharmaceutical industry, and the economics of bad habits.

I&E Capstone (I&E 499) – Aaron Dinin

In this course, students brought together interdisciplinary insights from their work throughout the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Certificate program to shed light on innovation and entrepreneurship and the roles they play in addressing the world’s most pressing problems. The class incorporated rich discussion, selected readings, and guest speakers addressing topics in innovation and entrepreneurship. Students focused on applying what they learned through the certificate curriculum to develop an innovation and entrepreneurship capstone project in teams.