Have a big idea to change the world? The Masters of Science in Health and Social Innovation challenges students to explore and apply principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and design thinking to solve complex health and social challenges.
By the end of this program students will be able to launch their own start-ups, examine and impact innovation within existing organizations, and understand how change can be realized by examining policy and regulations. There are three concentrations: Health Science, User Experience (UX), and Global Health Innovation. Through these concentrations, students will be equipped to tackle different health and social challenges of their choosing with a core curriculum steeped in methods of design thinking, principles of business, and market research.
Classes for the MS Health and Social Innovation Program will be both in person and online. In person classes will be housed at the University of Maryland's newest innovation hub, the Graduate Research Innovation District (the Grid). Located at the University's BioPark, the Grid is an innovation space where students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and staff connect to bring innovative health and social impact ideas to life.
Baltimore is the best-kept secret of the nation’s innovation scene. It consistently ranks among the 20 hottest cities for tech (Richardson & Munshaw, 2017), and top three cities for women in technology (Curtis, 2017). Maryland as a whole was ranked third in Fast Company’s list of innovative states, and fourth in the number of startups per million residents (Bergl, Cattel, Feifer & Kratochwill, 2013).
Baltimore is a city of makers, doers, creators, and problem solvers and students who complete this program will be equipped to become innovative leaders in a number of fields, including: business, consulting, interdisciplinary and transdiciplinary research, public administration, political advising, policymaking, community development, non-profit leadership, for-profit-leadership, community management, city and urban planning, entrepreneurship, international business, peace-making, and health and social research.
The M.S. in Health and Social Innovation is a 36-credit graduate degree program launching fall 2019 that will be taught through a mixture of in-person and online courses and can be completed in two years.
In addition to traditional coursework, students will be able to participate in Impact Labs hosted at the Grid. These programs are designed around themes of innovation and entrepreneurship including concepts such as customer discovery, design-thinking, intellectual property, business model generation, the art of the pitch, social policy, determinants of public health, and regulatory issues. Impact labs are hosted at the Grid and elsewhere for academic credit.
With this degree program, we intend to create an opportunity for students to explore principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and design-thinking to solve complex health and social challenges.
At the conclusion of their study, students in the MS Health and Social Innovation program will be prepared to:
- Apply principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and design-thinking to solve complex health and social challenges
- Develop and execute a project that leads to social or health innovation
- Develop a marketing plan for a social, health, or biomedical venture.
- Examine and impact innovation within existing organizations
- Use the principles of human-centered design to identify societal, community, and individual needs.
- Understand how change can be realized by examining policy and regulations
- Conduct a market analysis and apply the marketing mix as it relates to health and social enterprises.
- Examine and challenge systems of inequality
- Develop innovative initiatives that support the health of the region
- Develop a sustainable business and financing model to advance a health or social innovation concept, emphasizing principles of growth strategies and scaling.
- Launch their own start-ups
- Become innovative leaders that make a difference that will positively influence many generations to come