Healthcare Innovation

Drive Innovation in Healthcare Through New Solutions

Innovation can take many different shapes in healthcare. It can be as simple as changing a form to check out patients five minutes faster or as complex as immunotherapy that targets specific types of cancer cells. Any development and change in practice that leads to improvements in health outcomes and patient experiences are healthcare innovations. With healthcare costs skyrocketing and the U.S. having some of the highest per capita expenditures in the world, healthcare leaders are seeking new ways to create more effective and efficient healthcare delivery models.

The Certificate in Healthcare Innovation program, co-developed by OpusVi and Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University (ASU), empowers healthcare professionals to take on complex industry challenges, develop new solutions, and drive innovation at an organizational level.

Certificate from the Arizona State University (ASU), #1 Most Innovative School in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2016-2019)

Certificate from the Arizona State University (ASU), #1 Most Innovative School in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report 2016-2019)

Co-developed by the Associate Dean of Innovation for the world’s top-ranked global management program (Wall Street Journal Business Schools Report, 2019)

Co-developed by the Associate Dean of Innovation for the world’s top-ranked global management program (Wall Street Journal Business Schools Report, 2019)

Healthcare focused, skill-based online learning program that equips learners to innovate in their professional roles

Healthcare focused, skill-based online learning program that equips learners to innovate in their professional roles

Access thought-leaders and industry experts for guidance and personalized feedback

Access thought-leaders and industry experts for guidance and personalized feedback

Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet

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Program Outline

Healthcare is constantly evolving — our program helps learners develop an innovative mindset to identify and develop leading-edge ideas. Using real-world examples and leveraging industry expertise, the Certificate in Healthcare Innovation drives innovation by fostering a forward-thinking culture that empowers care teams to explore new ideas. This ground-breaking program will help you understand how your organization is affected by trends (including financial, technology, regulatory, patient, practitioner, delivery modes, and methods) so that you can apply innovation in the most impactful way and learn to implement improvements on a larger scale if successful. The eight-week online program carries 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Our Certificate in Healthcare Innovation will help you drive innovation through strategic planning skills and implementing new solution models that deliver results.

  • Unit 1: Megatrends in Healthcare
  • Unit 2: Ideation Best Practices
  • Unit 3: Effective Validation
  • Unit 4: Understanding Resource Constraints
  • Unit 5: Planning for New Innovations
  • Unit 6: Creating Valuable Advantages
  • Unit 7: Winning Adoption for New Ideas
  • Unit 8: Delivering Rapid Results

Embracing an open innovation approach to generate new ideas and solutions benefits every organization. With an innovative mindset, you will be able to include a wider community in solving challenges.

Upon completing our Certificate in Healthcare Innovation program, you will be able to:

  • Describe key trends in the healthcare industry
  • Recognize key environmental constraints impacting healthcare providers and healthcare service companies
  • Identify opportunities for innovation in the healthcare industry
  • Apply and summarize effective validation strategies for innovation opportunities
  • Identify ways to turn innovative ideas into valuable strategies and business models
  • Learn about the strategic planning models and payoff measurements for new innovation projects
  • Evaluate resource needs for new innovation projects
  • Outline techniques for encouraging others to adopt new innovations
  • Create an innovative healthcare strategy plan that includes keys to delivering intended results

Future innovators in healthcare are professionals at all levels advocating for change in the organization. If you want to find new ideas or improve processes to advance quality, enhance the patient experience, expand safety initiatives, increase efficiency, and reduce costs, this program might be a good fit.

Learners that could especially benefit from this certificate program are:

  • Executive leadership
  • Mid- to senior-level managers
  • Personnel with budget, management, or team-level decision responsibility
  • Management candidates who want to fast-track their careers by proving to be efficient innovators
  • Professionals interested in leadership to whom undertaking this program can provide a portfolio development piece
  • Front-line staff with ideas for process improvement who want to learn to put their plans into action and present their ideas to leadership

Among other roles, our graduates work as:

  • Clinic Manager/Lead 
  • Senior Infection Control Officer
  • Director/Manager of Medical Operations
  • Director, Marketing and Media
  • Project Manager
  • Technical Coordinator
  • Researcher
  • RN
  • Clinical Informaticist
  • Commercial Specialist
  • Service Level Specialist
  • Lab Assistant
  • IT Auditor

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

About Thunderbird School of Global Management

The Thunderbird School of Global Management is a unit of the Arizona State University Knowledge Enterprise. Thunderbird School of Global Management is the vanguard of global leadership, management, and business education for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. They prepare future-ready leaders, managers, entrepreneurs and intrapreneurs across the private and public sectors who advance inclusive and sustainable prosperity worldwide.

  • #1 Master's Degree in Global Management in the world (Times Higher Education/Wall Street Journal Business Schools Report, 2019)
  • #1 for Most Innovative School in the U.S. (ASU) in the U.S. News & World Report 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • #1 in the U.S. and #2 in the world for Global Impact (U.N. SDG Global Impact Rankings, Times Higher Education 2022)

Why Innovation?

Innovation requires taking risks, thinking outside the box, and being open to new ideas. It also calls for a commitment to continuous learning, as the world is constantly changing and evolving. For any organization to be successful in the long term, they need to embrace innovation and make it a core part of their business strategy.


of global executives say the lack of skills is the biggest issue they face, and 64% say it hinders innovation (GE Innovation Barometer Report, 2018)


of innovating companies struggle to bridge the gap between innovation strategy and business strategy (PwC's Innovation Benchmark Report, 2017)


of executives say that innovation is important to their growth strategy (McKinsey, Healthcare Innovation Report, 2020)


more revenue driven by innovative organizations (Booz & Co.'s Global Innovation 1000 Report)

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Exceptional Learning Experience

Hear From Our Learners

  • 98.3% of graduates agreed that content was presented with a flow that facilitated understanding and built connections across topics
  • 95.1% of graduates learned to create a healthcare strategy plan that includes key action items to deliver intended business results
  • 96.7% of graduates said that their expert instructor was accessible and responsive to their need

What You Will Earn

  • A Certificate in Healthcare Innovation from the Thunderbird School of Global Management
  • Digital badges and 16 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)

The definition of innovation in healthcare entails updating and improving systems, practices, policies, technology, services and the delivery of services and care. A combination of new and improved methods could result in improved health care.

Whether it's through new treatments, new technology or new processes, healthcare innovation will give clinicians and healthcare organizations the tools they need to focus more on the needs of their patients and to help people improve their lives.

Innovation is everyone’s job. However, innovation has become a bit of a buzzword. Innovative ideas proliferate around us. Often these ideas aren’t new at all. They are old ideas packaged to look new.

Technology and data will be key to creating the innovations that move modern healthcare forward as healthcare leaders look for ways to solve more complex health challenges. We encourage you to think about problems you are encountering in your healthcare organization and will help you to find solutions.

Ideally, innovation involves following a methodology that incorporates qualitative and quantitative techniques for design of a new value proposition and business model. Additionally, plans for execution must consider the customer and key stakeholders journey to adoption of the innovation and the change they must personally go through.

Historically, the healthcare workforce has operated in a fragmented, bricks and mortar based environment. Roles were specialized, decisions were hierarchical, and staff worked together with others trained in their functional area. In the future, a digital, connected ecosystem will fuse the physical, digital, and biologic worlds impacting professions, enterprises and economies. High performing networks and market places will require democratization of data, new decision making models and collaboration. Design of future workforce capabilities and skill sets must be intentional and aligned with new digital operating models.

The program is $2,995 and everything is included in that initial fee. All prices are displayed in USD.

Where Our Students Come From

Mary Catherine Sonke, MSW

Mary Catherine Sonke, MSW

Senior Healthcare Professional

"I've been applying for and being recruited for fairly high-level healthcare positions and I cannot tell you how much of a HUGE advantage and benefit the Certificate in Innovation in Healthcare Management program has been. Not only am I asked about it, but I've gained understanding, knowledge, and tools which make me a significantly stronger candidate."

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