Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship applies a focused approach toward sustainable healthcare innovation. Students are introduced to definitions and concepts that include the innovation process, design thinking, “intrapreneurship,” entrepreneurship, six sigma principles of process improvement, regulatory issues, patent law, and the market forces that impact the healthcare innovation process. Students gain confidence in the basic elements of the initial discovery phase in the healthcare innovation process, including:

  1. Defining and describing key components of the healthcare innovation process.
  2. Becoming aware of challenges to the quality of healthcare delivery and the opportunity for improved patient care and cost reductions.
  3. Learning and practicing a step-by-step “needs finding” process and a “needs filtering” process for identifying and prioritizing real clinical problems and opportunities for innovation.
  4. Developing cross-disciplinary collaboration skills.
  5. Strengthening communication and leadership skills in advocating health systems change.


  • Students worked to identify real-world problems in healthcare systems and conduct stakeholder and market analyses to identify possible solutions; they then peer-assessed each other’s analyses.
  • Course videos are being used in the Duke on-campus version of this course, taken by graduate students in the School of Nursing, Pratt School of Engineering, and Fuqua School of Business.

Media & Publications

  • Lombardi, M. M. “The Inside Story: Campus Decision-Making in the Wake of the Latest MOOC Tsunami.”  MERLOT Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (JOLT): Special Issue on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), March 2009; 9(2): 239-248



  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Nursing

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Launch Date:

  • April 2013

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