Co-Design of Digital Health Innovations

7.5 credits

Syllabus, Master's level, 3HI004

A revised version of the syllabus is available.
Education cycle
Second cycle
Main field(s) of study and in-depth level
Medical Science A1N
Grading system
Fail (U), Pass (G)
Finalised by
The Educational Board of Medicine, 20 August 2020
Responsible department
Department of Women's and Children's Health

General provisions

The course is part of Uppsala University's work within the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Health and targets both professionals and students at all disciplines.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 120 credits. English proficiency, normally attested by means of an internationally recognised test such as TOEFL or IELTS.

Learning outcomes

Learning Outcomes

The course aims at providing in-depth knowledge about health innovation and entrepreneurship, as well as skills to develop innovative solutions to challenges with relevance to health, health care and quality of life. Interdisciplinary teams of course participants will, in association with stakeholders, identify needs-based problems and in dialogue with target groups (public and patient involvement, PPI) develop solutions for identified problems. Feedback on process and proposed solutions are given by teachers and mentors, course participants (peer learning) and the potential end-users.

After passing the course, the student should be able to

  • Identify problems and challenges with relevant to health and care based on existing settings in, for example, the public and private sector,
  • Plan, implement and apply methodology for an innovation project with a user focus and within given timeframes
  • Understand the importance of and utilize the knowledge and experience of interdisciplinary groups in developing creative innovation projects
  • Compile, use and critically interpret relevant information for the innovation project
  • Give oral and written presentations adapted to different kinds of target groups
  • Give constructive feedback to oral and written presentations given by other course participants.


With the citizen's needs in focus and gained knowledge about health innovation, the course participants identify, plan, carries through and evaluate a relevant health innovation project. As support for the work, theory and practical introduction about methods on how to co-create with the intended user of the innovation solution are provided. Theoretical discussions are combined with practical work on how to energize creativity in innovative processes and how project groups can enable productive collaboration. Ideas are tested through meetings with needs-providers, mentors from innovation support organisations and the final solutions is presented to a panel of evaluators and end-users.


Place visits, lectures, seminars, project work in teams. Teaching is in English


Written test, active participation in mandatory assignments and completion of a project according to instructions (3 credits). Oral and written reports (2 credits).

If there are special reasons for doing so, an examiner may make an exception from the method of assessment indicated and allow a student to be assessed by another method. An example of special reasons might be a certificate regarding special pedagogical support from the University's disability coordinator.