Co-Design of Digital Health Innovations 7.5 hp

Learn how to develop digital health innovations that meet real needs and use your knowledge, skills and ideas to improve health- and self-care together!

The course aims to give in-depth knowledge and skills about innovation of digital solutions for healthcare driven by needs of patients, families and healthcare professionals. In this summer course, we will adopt a truly interdisciplinary approach to innovation. We hope to attract a mix of students, both working professionals and students, with either a clinical background (e.g. caring or medical sciences, or relevant experiences), or a technical background (e.g. software engineering, health informatics, or computer science), as well as people with personal experiences as patients or family carers who wish to use their experiences to create digital innovations for health and healthcare.

The course will be unique in providing an arena where patients and their families can learn together with healthcare professionals, design students and researchers on equal terms. In other courses focusing on digital health, patients are at best invited to provide input, give feedback or guest lectures, seen mainly as a source of information rather than an active co-designer. We acknowledge that the different student groups in this course will bring their own experiences and knowledge to the course and have their own needs for learning. One of the main aims of the course is to support interdisciplinary, experience-based learning and to build knowledge-exchange bridges between these different student groups.

The course builds on a previous collaboration with Lund University, where cancer patients and healthcare professionals studied at university, for credits, together in the course “Patientperspektiv och egenförmåga”. The focus there was on patient perspective and self-efficacy, and here we choose to focus more on co-design and innovation. The foundation is however the same: we will meet on equal terms and patients are not just a “source of problems” or “users to be understood”. A crucial element of the course will be to provide patients / family members, as well as other students, with appropriate tools to transform their experiences from tacit knowledge into explicit knowledge, as well as to reflect on their personal experiences and how they can be used in an innovation process.

Learning outcomes are to put your skills to use in order to mutually understand the different perspectives of innovative digital health projects:

  • Identify needs for digital health innovation: Based on experiences from the student group and/or in dialogue with target groups (public and patient involvement in research, PPI).
  • Design and test digital health innovations: Together in interdisciplinary groups and with support from mentors you will learn methods on how to design and evaluate digital health innovations that meet the needs of patients, family caregivers and/or healthcare professionals.
  • Present your ideas and get feedback: Teachers and mentors will provide feedback on the ideas and prototypes continuously throughout the course; the final solutions are presented to a panel of key stakeholders with mixed expertise.

Course details

How and WHEN

The course is given in English and completely online, with a high degree of self-guided learning. To facilitate for students in different time zones, as well as for students with other obligations, all learning materials will be accessible to the students in an asynchronous form at the time that suits the individual participant. Discussions will be held in online forums to enable asynchronous dialogue and feedback.

The course runs half-time (20 h/week) 14th June – 4th July, with a break in the scheduled teaching 5th July – 1st August (time for self-guided learning and project work), to resume again with half-time asynchronous teaching/learning activities 2-15th August.


Apply by 15 March


Maria Hägglund
Course leader
Phone number: 072-9999381,

Last modified: 2021-10-01