EIT Summer School 2017 – University of Copenhagen

EIT Health Summer School 2017

Innovating solutions for Aging populations

This interdisciplinary course introduces you to healthcare innovation within the themes of healthy living and active aging. It covers both medical and commercial aspects of innovation, following two specific cases on diabetes and rehabilitation.

The course presents key theories, tools and concepts of healthcare innovation. You will learn how to analyze and develop solutions to some of the great healthcare challenges of our time under the guidance of leading experts and practitioners from academia and the industry from University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen Business School, Novo Nordisk, the Capital Region of Denmark and Erasmus University Rotterdam.

Based on novel teaching methods, the course takes its point of departure in an online course with quiz tests. The following 2-week on campus course includes intense group and case work. As part of the academic assessment, a competition for the best innovation and business plans is included.

Course Structure and Teaching MethodsTil toppen

The course consists of two parts:

  • An e-learning course on the Coursera platform and multiple choice tests. The course is accessible in the spring 2017, pre-enrol 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 7-18 August 2017

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. 

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. 

Download the course schedule from 2016 to get an idea of the structure of the on-campus part.

TeachersTil toppen

Among others:
Professor Finn Valentin, Copenhagen Business School
Professor Rudi Westendorp, University of Copenhagen, Center for Healthy Aging
Professor Henning Langberg, University of Copenhagen
CEO Palle Høy Jakobsen, The Scandinavian Co-Location Center of EIT Health
Associate Professor Antoinette de Bont, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Cases are provided and represented by Novo Nordisk, Steno Diabetes Center, DigiRehab and DigiRehab.

Credits and Examination FormTil toppen

Credits: 7,5 ECTS

Examination Form:

  • Course participation
  • Written examination

Course participation: 80% attendance and an oral group presentation (pitch on the last day of the course).

Written examination: Written report of max 15 pages. The outline of the report is handed out at the beginning of the course. The written reports reflect the group work but are handed in individually.

The students submit their reports (based on their projects) the day before the pitch. The students present a pitch in plenum, based on their group projects. Another group offers comments and suggestions for each pitch. The reports are assessed by the course responsible, and the students receive their mark pass/fail ASAP after the course has ended.

Formal requirementsTil toppen

Students who have obtained a bachelor degree from any discipline, have interests in ageing as a field of study, health care, welfare technologies or innovation, and have good English skills are welcome to apply for this course.

Successful completion of the e-learning course is an essential prerequisite for participation in the On Campus part of the course. All applicants will be fully accepted for the On Campus part of the course, when they have completed the e-learning course successfully.

Application ProcedureTil toppen

Please contact the course coordinator Line Damberg Laugesen for more information on vacant seats.

Tuition FeeTil toppen

Participants exempted from payment:

  • Students from Danish universities will not be charged any tuition fee provided that the course is accepted as part of their Master's program. Danish students must provide a pre-approval of credit transfer upon application.
  • Students enrolled in certain programs at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, UCPH, do not need a pre-approval of credit transfer. Please study the overview of study programs, where preapproval of summer course is not required.
  • Exchange students from the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences', UCPH, partner universities can participate in this course free of charge, if they have been nominated by their home university. The course must be an integrated part of their study programme.
  • Students from the EIT Health universities do not have to pay tuition fee. Please see the official list of EIT Health partners.

Fee paying participants:
All other participants (students, working professionals, etc.) must pay tuition fee according to the information below.

  • EU/EEA citizens 6.000 DKK
  • Non-EU/EEA citizens 9.375 DKK

The fee covers participation in the course. It does not cover course materials, travel, accommodation and living expenses during the course. Full payment of course fees must be transferred in May 2017. Payment details will be forwarded upon acceptance.

Refund PolicyTil toppen

You can only get a refund of your tuition fee, if you cancel at least two month prior to the beginning of the course.

Contact InformationTil toppen

Course secretaries: Line Damberg/ Hanne Kracht: AgingPopulations@sund.ku.dk

Course responsible: Professor Rudi Westendorp, the Department of Public Health.

Additional informationTil toppen

For more details about the course, please read the course descriptions in UCPH's course database.

AccommodationTil toppen

Please note that the summer courses are non-residential. Participants are responsible for finding and funding accommodation during their stay in Copenhagen. University of Copenhagen Housing Foundation can assist you in finding accommodation. Please visit their website: https://housingfoundation.ku.dk/.

You can also use different accommodation portals. Additional information about accommodation will be provided upon admission.

Living in Copenhagen

Copenhagen, the royal capital of Denmark, is one of Europe's oldest capitals. The safe atmosphere, well-developed infrastructure, low level of pollution and the many cultural events all contribute to making Copenhagen one of the most liveable cities in the world, and we hope you will feel welcome.

For additional information about living in Copenhagen and studying at UCPH, please visit the website for International students at UCPH.