MGC5872 - Managing healthcare innovation - 2019

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate - Unit

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Business and Economics

Organisational Unit

Department of Management

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Ian McLoughlin

Unit guides



  • Second semester 2019 (On-campus)


The effective management of innovation is recognised as key to ensure the delivery of high quality, safe and cost effective healthcare. This unit will consider the management of innovation in three key areas: 1) digital health and data, 2) service redesign and process improvement and 3) the development and diffusion of medical devices, products and systems. The unit allows students to conceptualise the innovation process in healthcare; develops their knowledge of different types of innovation and the resources and competencies necessary to plan and execute innovation projects; and further develops students' collaborative and problem-solving skills.


The learning goals associated with this unit are:

  1. describe the steps involved in different types of healthcare innovation, the key business processes involved and the role that management decisions and implementation plays in determining outcomes.
  2. plan a healthcare innovation project in a team, identifying drivers and measures for success, factors leading to the risk of failure and methods for evaluating outcomes
  3. understand the policy and strategic context of healthcare innovation and the key conceptual elements of an effective innovation strategy
  4. appreciate the diversity of stakeholder interests in healthcare and the role of concepts of co-design, collaborative, partnerships and organisational networks in developing effective innovation pathways.


Within semester assessment: 100%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Independent study may include associated readings, assessment and preparation for scheduled activities. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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