EIT Summer School 2016 – University of Copenhagen

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EIT Health Summer School 2016:

"Alive and KICking – Innovative solutions to aging-related challenges"

Together with the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Copenhagen Business School, Novo Nordisk, Steno Diabetes Center, DigiRehab and EIT Health, the University of Copenhagen (Center for Healthy Aging, SUND Vækst and SCIENCE) is offering a summer course on health innovation for the elderly population.

Brief Course Description

Aging has been coined as one of the major societal challenges. The fact that we simply live longer, is in itself not a problem but rather a triumph. However, this unprecedented demographic change significantly affects individual life histories through an increased number of lifestyle related chronic diseases and cognitive impairments. These extra life years also have a massive imprint on the organization of welfare institutions and the financial sustainability of the welfare system. Thus, aging has for several years been one of the most important research areas from a biomedical, societal and humanistic perspective, prompting not only important new scientific knowledge, but also new ideas, concepts and technologies for innovative solutions of some of the core problems that individuals and societies are confronted with.

The course consists of two parts:

  • An e-learning course on the Coursera platform and multiple choice tests. The course is accessible from 1 June 2016, pre-enroll here. (The online course is called: "Innovating Solutions to Aging Populations")
  • Two weeks of intensive case work on campus at the University of Copenhagen, from 8 -19 August 2016

Objective
The online lectures provides the students with recent knowledge on, and for the purpose relevant, innovation and business theories and methods covering different environments for health innovation for elderly. The e-learning part of the summer school serves as background knowledge for the students to be able to develop innovations to health care related challenges in an elderly population.

On the on-site campus part the acquired knowledge will be applied to selected case-topics and put into practice. In an interdisciplinary setting the students will work intensively on a specific topic and obtain knowledge on and practical experience with working on an innovation- and a business-case that supports healthy lives and active aging. 

Learning outcomes
After completing the course, the students is expected to be able to:

Knowledge

  • Identify, analyse and explain specific aging related challenges and innovations for citizens in their domestic living environments.
  • Explain the pros and cons with the use of technologies to solve healthcare related challenges in an elderly population.
  • Be critical to the process of developing innovative solutions in a participatory design, involving the future users, to address such aging related challenges.
  • Discuss and be critical to how differences in health literacy influence design of solutions.

Skills

  • Analyse and discuss aging related challenges and innovations for citizens in their domestic living environments
  • Master group work, to facilitate innovation processes from initial ideas in a participatory design, to prototypes and feasibility studies, and eventually to business plans

Competences

  • Demonstrate control of analytical tools for understanding aging related challenges for citizens
  • Overview the organizational and economic viability of innovative solutions.
  • Plan and develop business cases for innovative ideas.
  • Be a valuable collaborator by being aware of the different competences that are brought into an interdisciplinary setting.

Teaching and learning methods
Active participation in the e-learning module is a prerequisite for on-campus
participation. During the e-learning-part of the course, participants will get
familiar with the field of aging, innovation and business through theory and
reading material, exercises and practical examples.

Between the e-learning-part and on campus, students are expected to prepare for the
on-campus-part by reading further relevant material, provided by UCPH and CBS.

On-campus learning is characterized by short introductions and
discussions the first couple of days. Afterwards the participants will work in
groups on selected case-topics, where the theory and acquired methods will be
applied. At the end of the course, the groups will present their project in
plenum and write a report about their findings.  

Teachers
Reflecting all the aspects that include knowledge of and processes for health innovations, the summer course is taught by renowned lecturers from different universities, and lecturers and practitioners from the industry. These include lecturers from University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, Novo Nordisk, Steno Diabetes Center, DigiRehab and lecturers from Erasmus University of Rotterdam.

Literature
EIT Health brochure
Further readings will be added spring 2016

Assessment details
7,5 ECTS points are awarded with successful completion of the course. The students present their projects in plenum for fellow students. All students must be actively in the presentation. The plenum session form the basis for the written report max 15 pages, which is worked out individually. All aids are allowed. The marking scale will be passed/not passed.

Criteria for exam assessment
Reports will be assessed by following criteria:

Knowledge

  • Identify, analyse and explain specific aging related challenges and innovations for citizens in their domestic living environments.
  • Explain the pros and cons with the use of technologies to solve healthcare related challenges in an elderly population.
  • Be critical to the process of developing innovative solutions in a participatory design, involving the future users, to address such aging related challenges.
  • Discuss and be critical to how differences in health literacy influence design of solutions.

Skills

  • Analyse and discuss aging related challenges and innovations for citizens in their domestic living environments

Competences

  • Demonstrate control of analytical tools for understanding aging related challenges for citizens
  • Overview the organizational and economic viability of innovative solutions.

Application

Formal requirements
Completed BSc degree and successful completion of the e-learning course (applicants will be fully accepted for the on-Campus part of the course, when they have completed the e-learning course successfully after 1 June)

Academic qualifications and selection of applicants
Students, who have obtained a Bachelor's degree from any discipline, have an interest in ageing as a field of study, health care, welfare technologies or innovation, and who also have good English qualifications are welcome to apply. An election committee will evaluate all of the applicants. The combination of applicants selected must be as wide as possible regarding academic and geographic backgrounds. On 12 May 2016 at the latest applicants will be notified whether they are accepted for the course.

Application
The online application form is now open. The course is for students aiming for a career in entrepreneurship, thus, please make it explicit in the statement of motivation, why you need entrepreneurial skills in health services innovation.

The application period for EIT Health Summer School 2016 is expired.

Scholarships/funding
Applicants who have been admitted to the course, will receive information about scholarship opportunities. Scholarships may be used to cover the tuition fee, travel costs, insurance and other expenses incurred in connection with studying abroad at the University of Copenhagen.