Health Tech Innovator (Summer School)

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Teaching language: English
EKA: T900019102
Censorship: Second examiner: None
Grading: 7-point grading scale
Offered in: Odense
Offered in: Summer school (spring)
Level: Bachelor

Course ID: T900019101
ECTS value: 5

Date of Approval: 07-01-2021

Duration: Intensive course

Version: Approved - active

Course ID


Course Title

Health Tech Innovator (Summer School)

ECTS value


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Responsible study board

Academic Study Board of the Faculty of Engineering

Date of Approval


Course Responsible

Name Email Department
Charlotte Nelann Rabjerg Uddannelsesadministration, Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration
Lykke Margot Ricard Institut for Teknologi og Innovation , SDU Innovation and Design Engineering


Name Email Department City
Knud Bonnet Yderstræde Klinisk Institut
Lykke Margot Ricard Institut for Teknologi og Innovation , SDU Innovation and Design Engineering
Mette Juel Rothman KI, Medicinsk Endokrinologi, KI, Steno Diabetes Center Odense, KI, Reumatologi, KI, CIMT- Centre for Innovative Medical Technology
Søren Jensen Institut for Teknologi og Innovation , SDU Global Sustainable Production

Programme Secretary

Name Email Department City
Christina Pytlick TEK Uddannelseskoordinering og -support , Den Tekniske Fakultetsadministration

Offered in




Offered in

Summer school (spring)


Intensive course

Mandatory prerequisites

A basic foundation of students own area of expertise; technology development, design engineering, health and medical science obtained from minimum the bachelor level and currently being enrolled in a relevant university programme. 

Learning objectives - Knowledge

  • The healthcare ecosystem and innovation process
  • User-driven innovation and other types of innovation processes; products, services and systems, in relation to health and healthcare
  • IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) system and purpose in healthcare innovation
  • CE marking (health, safety and environmental standards) for product sold within the European Economic Area
  • Designing entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial activities
  • Innovation management of multidisciplinary collaboration

Learning objectives - Skills

  • To identify relevant problems in the healthcare system, generate ideas and develop a research design for an innovation process for developing potential solutions
  • To generate ideas (solutions to a specific problem) and create different prototypes for health and healthcare innovation using SDU maker labs
  • Use technology roadmapping as a platform for developing visual communication for the team’s innovation strategy
  • Evaluate and critically reflect on processes and models used for prototyping healthtech innovation
  • Evaluate and understand the innovation and entrepreneurial process in relation to healthcare and health technology
  • Define own educational skills and competences that are be valuable in a health innovation process
  • Perform a short presentation of a healthcare innovation (pitch)

Learning objectives - Competences

  • Work with innovation processes for solving real life problems in healthcare systems
  • Design an innovation process for healthtech using roadmapping
  • Draft a business proposal based on a healthcare innovation
  • Cooperate in a multidisciplinary team, to design and conduct health innovation process and utilize available resources in the process
  • Integrate own professional skills and competences in a multidisciplinary context
  • Communicate with peers and collaborate with different scientific disciplines


The challenges of the healthcare systems are apparent. Lifespans are longer and disease trajectories have become more complicated and protracted. These socioeconomic factors create a lot of pressure of the current health care systems. In order for the system to be able to cope with the future challenges innovation is needed. Great opportunities lies in utilizing some of the new revolutionizing technologies, thus the purpose of this Summer course is to strengthen cooperation between healthcare professionals and engineers for solving healthcare challenge.

This Summer school is relevant to students who want to learn about the innovation process in the healthcare industry. In a series of lectures, we will take participants through the important parts of the innovation process in healthtech, from wicked problems, user-driven innovation, entrepreneurial foundational theories and innovation management tools for aligning entrepreneurial processes with solving real life problems to Intellectual property rights (IPR) and CE marking (health, safety and environmental standards) for product sold within the European Economic Area.

Applying project work as a participant-driven framework, participants will practise theoretical learnings in teams working with problems that need multidisciplinary knowledge, skills and competencies.

The project work will run as a design innovation management project and the real-life cases will be presented by external stakeholders e.g. problem-holders (the university hospital, industry and patient organisations).

Lectures will be given by SDU faculty members and external guest lectures from industry, healthcare sector and user-representations.

Keywords for the lectures are 
Healthcare sector, eco system of healthcare sector, industry and product development, Innovation modelling, user-driven innovation, technology roadmapping, prototyping and business modelling.

URL for Skemaplan

Teaching Method

Lectures, project work and external company presentations.

A compendium on Blackboard with course readings.

Time of classes
Two weeks in August.

Number of lessons

hours per week

Teaching language


Examination regulations

Exam regulations


Exam regulations

Examination is held

Examination is held in the end of the course








The examination is based on an overall assessment of:

  • Attendance (80 %)
  • A complete portfolio according to specifications announced at the beginning of the course

Form of examination



Second examiner: None


7-point grading scale


Student Identification Card - Date of birth



ECTS value


Additional information

Enrollment is limited to 25 students. If more applicants than places, applicants who meet the mandatory requirements are prioritised according to the below selection criteria:
  1. Undergraduate and graduate students from partner universities (exchange); international undergraduate and graduate guest students (fee-paying); undergraduate and graduate students from other Danish universities. 
  2. Ph.D students from partner universities and other international Ph.D. students; other applicants. 
Students are prioritised on a first come, first served basis, i.e. according to the time we receive your complete application. 

In case a course is filled up, we try to offer you an alternative course from your list of priorities. All final decisions about admission will be sent out continually.  

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