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The Masters of Science in Health and Social Innovation is a uniquely modern program that challenges students to examine systems of inequality and develop innovative initiatives that support the health of the region.
The goal of this 36-credit masters of science program is to provide individuals with the education and training 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 available for students to focus on, Health Science, User Experience (UX), and Biomedical Entrepreneurship. Through these concentrations, students will be equipped to tackle different health and social challenges with a core curriculum steeped in methods of design thinking, principles of business, and market research.
The MS Health and Social Innovation Program is 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.
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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. As a student in this program, you will explore principles of innovation, entrepreneurship, and design-thinking to solve complex health and social challenges. Students will take 18 core credits and 12 concentration credits.
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.
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
- Examine and impact innovation within existing organizations
- Understand how change can be realized by examining policy and regulations
- Examine and challenge systems of inequality
- Develop innovative initiatives that support the health of the region
- Launch their own start-ups
- Become innovative leaders that make a difference that will positively influence many generations to come