Social entrepreneurs chart their own course. Don't just get a job, create your own while striving to make the world a better place.
The M.S. in Health and Social Innovation is a 36-credit graduate degree program taught in a Hy-Flex mode that combines classroom, live interactive video and individually paced modules, offering maximum flexiblity to accomodate busy schedules. Able to be completed in as little as two years (or as many as five), Students will take 18 core credits and 12 concentration credits.
Upon completion, students will be able to:
- Use the principles of human-centered design to identify societal, community, and individual needs.
- Demonstrate skills required by successful entrepreneurs, including team building and leadership, negotiation, working in complex social and cultural environments, and applying theoretical frameworks for enhancing entrepreneurial success.
- Apply concepts of innovation and entrepreneurship in new ventures and existing ventures.
- Identify and apply tools, methods, and self-reflection techniques necessary to evaluate the market viability of new ideas.
- Identify various social, health, and biomedical enterprise strategies and critically assess their effectiveness in economic development and social transformation.
- Demonstrate the ability to develop and execute a work plan leading to a social, health, or biomedical innovation.
- Build strong professional relationships with and draw upon the resources of faculty, community practitioners and entrepreneurs, student colleagues, and external advisors.
- Test assumptions about health, social, and/or biomedical innovation design through rapid prototyping.
- Apply user research methods to iteratively refine concepts and prototypes.
- Explain basic principles of accounting, financing models, equity financing, investing and different types of funding including crowdfunding, angel investors, grants, and venture capital.
- Develop a sustainable business and financing model to advance a health or social innovation concept, emphasizing principles of growth strategies and scaling.
- Conduct a market analysis and apply the marketing mix as it relates to health and social enterprises.
- Develop a marketing plan for a social, health, or biomedical venture.
- Understand the basic patent and regulatory framework governing commercialization of drugs, devices, and services.
M.S. Health and Social Innovation students will leave the program prepared to impact the world around them.
The M.S. in Health and Social Innovation will help you develop skills in Design Thinking, Customer Discovery & Social Change Theory that will help you develop effective solutions to real world problems. Courses in Marketing, Finance, Project Management and Leadership will equip you to make those solutions sustainable.