Developed by Tangent, Trinity's Ideas Workspace in collaboration with the School of Medicine and Health Innovation Hub Ireland, this Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Innovation brings together the academic expertise with the entrepreneurial capacity of a world class innovation hub to deliver something truly unique. Graduates will develop entrepreneurial skills that can be applied across multiple aspects of healthcare innovation, from products and services to processes and systems. They will be given critical and lateral thinking skills to evaluate the social & economic value of new opportunities for innovation and the confidence to take ideas forward for funding and support and through to implementation.
Rapidly evolving technologies, an ageing population and economic challenges will all dramatically impact healthcare provision in the future. Innovation is needed to pave the way for more convenient and effective healthcare delivery and improved outcomes for patients. If you would like to play a part in Ireland’s healthcare innovation journey by putting ideas into action or becoming an ambassador for change, this course will equip you with the skills and confidence you need. On completing the course, you will be empowered to investigate a diverse range of innovation-related topics and act on opportunities in a variety of healthcare contexts.
Delivered online using Blackboard, Trinity's Virtual Learning environment, this course will support flexibility in learning opportunities. Strong focus is placed on experiential and action-focused learning on the programme, which is taught via a combination of masterclasses, workshops and project-based learning. A part-time course run over 24 weeks with teaching two days a week, students are given the opportunity to develop new skills while continuing employment. Funded under the Government's HEA Springboard+ programme, the course is free to eligible candidates.
On this programme, you will learn the fundamental of idea development, creative problem solving and innovation. You will be empowered to investigate a diverse range of innovation-related topics and act on opportunities in a variety of healthcare contexts. You will be able to identify and respond to today’s healthcare innovation opportunities and value in a focused manner. You will be equipped with the skills to critique the commercial, social and cultural value of new opportunities for innovation and evaluate the process involved in bringing an idea through to implementation.
You will learn to approach problem solving in an innovative way, by using tools and techniques to brainstorm new ideas and applying lateral thinking. By engaging with entrepreneurs, academics, business leaders and industry mentors in an informal learning environment, you will learn the fundamentals of both and by availing of valuable peer-to-peer learning you will experience the process of bringing an idea through from development through to implementation.
On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:
- evaluate theories and concepts associated with creativity and innovation in a healthcare context
- Use structured methods of brainstorming and ideation
- Empathise with a broad group of stakeholders to identify their needs
- Explain how failure can be used as an opportunity for learning in a healthcare setting.
- manage a healthcare innovation project to successful
- identify and apply the major steps, tools and frameworks used in discovering, evaluating and developing opportunities for new healthcare ventures
- demonstrate critical reasoning skills in identifying the business model and in assessing the viability of new venture opportunities
- Demonstrate an understanding of new venture financial modelling
- present & communicate, in a professional and informed manner, a venture elevator pitch
This course is supported by Health Innovation Hub Ireland.
Module 1: Innovation and Creativity in Healthcare (10 ECTS)
This module explores the principles and practices associated with creativity and innovation. It exposes students to frameworks and methodologies for idea generation, problem solving and creative collaboration in order to support positive innovation in a healthcare context.
Module 2 - Opportunity Generation, Recognition and Communication (10 ECTS)
The aim of this module is to provide the student with the tools to generate and recognise entrepreneurial opportunities. There is also a focus on the communication and articulation of such opportunity in an influential manner.
Module 3 - Enterprise Development in Healthcare (10 ECTS)
This module focuses specifically on the creation, development, growth and funding of innovation driven new ventures in healthcare. It is designed to build on the learnings from Modules 1 and 2, and to increase confidence in students in new venture evaluation, viewing ventures through the perspectives of their multiple stakeholders, most notably the potential investor. Over the course of module 3, each student will identify a new healthcare innovation opportunity to explore and deliver as a venture pitch presentation.
Course Dates & Location
Course dates and times to be confirmed (subject to funding.)
This course will be delivered online using Blackboard, Trinity's Virtual Learning System. This is in line with government guidelines and Trinity directives regarding social distancing.
Academic Staff / Contributors
The programme is led and facilitated by Gillian Roddie and incorporates a host of other contributors both from academia and industry.
- Vicky McEvoy - Program Coordinator
- Dr John McKeon - Academic Lead & Contributor
- Geraldine Lavin - Academic Lead
- Dr Karl Thomas - Contributor
- Jess Hayden - Contributor
- Daniel Maher
- Dr Daniel Rogers
- Rosemary Deneher
- Gillian Roddie
Funding eligibility is as outlined the Springboard+ website.
Applicants must be in possession of a level 8 honours degree (or equivalent) with grade 2.1 or higher, in any discipline from a recognised institution. Those with demonstrated entrepreneurship aspirations will be prioritised.
Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may still be considered if they can demonstrate their suitability for the course based on recognition of prior learning (RPL) under Trinity’s RPL policy and procedures.
All applicants whose first language is not English and who have not been educated through the medium of English must present qualifications in the English language that pass the grades set by IELTS or TOEFL (or equivalent). Please click here for further information.
All students are required to have a laptop or a PC, a webcam and stable Internet connection.
How To Apply
Applications for the 2021/2022 Academic Year will open in Summer/Autumn 2021 (subject to funding).
- Springboard+ covers 100% of course fees for eligible, unemployed applicants who are successful in their application.
- Springboard+ covers 90% of course fees for eligible, employed applicants who are successful in their application.
- The remaining 10% course fee is €380.
For more information, please contact Jane Flanagan, Student Recruitment Officer, on (086) 0 320 487 or or via email.